Mardi Gras events happening around Okaloosa & Walton Counties

Mardi Gras season is here and it’s time to let the good times roll! Let’s dive into all the fun events and celebrations.

Emerald Coast Science Center Sip & Science: Mardi Gras

  • Saturday, January 28, 2023, 6-9 pm
  • 31 Southwest Memorial Parkway, Fort Walton Beach 

The Emerald Coast Science Center is bringing Mardi Gras magic to this Sip & Science night at the museum! There will be a Bourbon Street bead toss, Canal Street coin challenge, and Mardi Gras sciPad trivia. 

Come dressed in your best Mardi Gras costumes or purple, green, or gold attire for a chance to win the costume contest. Snap your photo in front of the green screen and pose with your krewe in front of some of The Big Easy’s most famous locations. Stop by the masquerade corner to make your very own mask to wear to all your Mardi Gras parties. 

Buy tickets online at Ticket price includes admission, access to regular and special museum exhibits, drink tickets for adult beverages (beer, wine, and Hurricane Punch), and food. This event is for guests ages 21+.

Mardi Gras on the Coast with Fort Walton Beach Woman’s Club

  • Saturday, January 28, 6-10 pm
  • Hilton Garden Inn Ft. Walton Beach
  • 1297 Miracle Strip Pkwy SE, Fort Walton Beach

Enjoy an evening of revelry in support of FWB Woman’s Club featuring dinner, a silent auction, door prizes, and opportunity tickets for purchase to win $5000 Cash Drawdown!  

  • Buy event tickets online by clicking here. Choose from General Seating or a Sponsor Table with reserved seating for your group of 10.

City of Fort Walton Beach Mardi Gras Parade

  • Sunday, February 5, 2023, 11am – 4 pm

Head to Downtown Fort Walton Beach for the 3rd Annual Mardi Gras Parade with parade floats, live music, food, and fun! This is a free event.

The parade route starts at First Street and Eglin Parkway with floats lining up on First Street between Eglin Parkway and Perry Avenue. The parade will travel up Eglin Parkway, right on Perry Avenue, slight right on Ferry Road, ending at First Street. 

  • Contact Tiffiny Corcoran at the Recreation Center for a parade float application at or call 850-833-9587 for more information.

Fort Mardi Gras Fun 5K Run/Walk

  • Saturday, February 18, 2023
  • Start/Finish Line: 139 Brooks St, Downtown Fort Walton Beach
  • Race check-in and vendor fun: 7-8:30 am.  
  • Race starts at 9 am with the Post Award Party after at 10 am.

Claim your medal and have some Mardi Gras fun at the 5th Annual Fort Mardi Gras Fun 5k Run/Walk – a family fun event for all to enjoy with vendors, gumbo, music, Mardi Gras beads and more!

Leashed dogs and baby strollers are welcome. Ages 12 and under participate free with adult or school group registration.

Register now at Registration ends Feb 1. 

HarborWalk Village Mardi Gras Celebration

  • Saturday, February 18, 2023, 2 – 5:30 pm
  • Live Music at 2pm
  • Parade at 4pm

Let the good times roll at HarborWalk Village! Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Harbor with live music by Fais Do-Do, followed by beads, dazzling floats, and street performers as the parade rolls through the Village at 4 pm. 

For parade entries or float packages (limited availability), find them on Facebook.

Baytowne Mardi Gras Parade

  • Sunday, February 19,  2-4 pm
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach

The Village streets will be filled with unique and colorful floats, golf carts, vehicles, and costumed dogs along with their humans. Mardi Gras music will fill the air as parade participants and four-pawed friends shower parade-goers with a barrage of beads, moon pies, and other trinkets.

790’s Mardi Gras Celebration

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023, 2-10 pm
  • 14073 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin

Enjoy 790 On the Gulf’s Mardi Gras celebration! Festivities begin at 2 pm. For details and reservations, call (850) 650-4853 or visit

Baytowne Mardi Gras Street Pardi

  • Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 6 pm
  • The Village of Baytowne Wharf
  • 9300 Baytowne Wharf Blvd, Miramar Beach

Join Baytowne Wharf for a Village street party complete with music from Boukou Groove, street performers, entertainers and more! The post-pardi celebration continues into the night with parties at various Baytowne establishments. Break out the beads and get ready for a night to remember!

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