PANAMA CITY — Particularly large crowds are expected Saturday for the annual Panama City Beach Mardi Gras parade following its cancellation a year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Krewe of Dominique Youx Mardi Gras parade will be held at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Pier Park. The group will also host a kids’ Mardi Gras parade at 6 p.m. Friday, also at Pier Park.
As part of the main parade, the royalty float typically leads with an appearance of the organization’s king and queen, followed by floats occupied with pirates and princesses dressed in colorful costumes who toss beaded necklaces into the crowd along the parade route.
This tradition has been celebrated in Bay County for 36 years as a suitable event for everyone to celebrate. Despite the cancellation last year, the krewe expects bigger and better crowds on Saturday.