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Pensacola Mardi Gras 12th Night Celebration

Danny Zimmern and The Zimmern Team took the stage on Saturday night at Seville Quarter in Phineas Phogg’s and officially launched the 13th year for the Pensacola Mardi Gras (PMG). The Zimmern Team’s community involvement runs all year long and involves more than finding homes and commercial properties for those in Pensacola. Through their involvement with The Arc Gateway, Brentwood Elementary, Habitat for Humanity, Studer Community Institute  and many more organizations, they believe giving back is key to build our community and empower those in it. During January and February, they are all hands on deck with making sure the Pensacola Mardi Gras season goes off without a hitch.

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What is the 12th Night Celebration?

When PMG started this event 13 years ago, they did not know if this event would turn into the large event that it is today! It was a cold and misty Thursday night. They started off with 10 floats and a couple of radio station vans sprinkled throughout a couple of blocks of South Palafox Street. In 2019, they hosted 40 floats and had to expand our footprint to include Government and Zarragossa Street!

Over the years, the day of the event had to change from being on the actual Twelfth Night (January 6) to simply the first Friday after the Twelfth Night. Because they could no longer hold it on the actual Twelfth Night, they adapted and changed the name to the Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick-Off Celebration.

The New Orleans Ramblers

The New Orleans Ramblers lead the processionals and Second Line around Jefferson Street and Government Street. After some introductions and welcome speeches,  a classic 2nd line escort is marched through the streets of downtown where costumed Krewes are blessed by Father, and local dignitaries including elected and governmental officials.  Each Krewe that is blessed received the customary certificate recognizing their commitment to the Mardi Gras spirit and authorizing their blessed participation in the 2024 season.

King Cake

Traditionally, Mardi Gras and the Twelfth Night start with King Cake.  Inside Seville Quarter, Father Nick Schumm blessed the community around 9:00 p.m., and Kind Cake from the Official King Cake Sponosor, Publix, was had by all.

Photos from the night below and find a highlight reel of the evening through the Local Pulse and Zimmern Team Instagram pages.