The Mardi Gras celebration may have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a one-time only Pensacola Grand Carnivale Parade will help take its place. There will be a kick-off celebration and a downtown parade on Friday, May 21st, and Saturday, May 29th. The May 21st kick-off celebration will take place at the Roger Scott Athletic Complex on Summit Boulevard starting at 5 p.m. and will include the traditional Blessing of the Krewes, along with a concert-style dance party featuring the New Orleans band The Chee Weez. Food and beverages will be on hand, and masks are highly recommended, according to Pensacola Mardi Gras President Danny Zimmern.

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