Mardi Gras on the Beach in Pensacola Florida

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It’s Mardi Gras and while New Orleans may get the glory, Pensacola, Florida knows how to party. Even the rain didn’t slow the parade in the town of Pensacola when we visited, and when the sun came out on parade day in Pensacola Beach, the party just got better.

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Here, as everywhere, Mardi Gras is about a big blowout celebration before Lent starts. A reminder of the serious side of things – the Death float:

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But for most people, it’s all about costumes and fun.

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Tomorrow begins 40 days of self-denial. But for today, it’s party time in Pensacola.

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