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Moonpie Mentality: Mardi Gras at The Wharf

February 19, 2020

Show of hands — who's ready to do the Mardi Gras Mambo? (Cue the brass band).

We've all got a little bounce in our step because this particular time of year demands us to celebrate to the fullest degree. It's the prime occasion to let your hair down, throw those hands up and laissez les bons temps rouler!
As always, The Wharf is prepped and ready to accommodate all of your Mardi Gras needs and desires. We've composed a few handy tips to help you reap the most out of your royal experience.

1. Plan ahead
We will be reveling in the excitement for two days straight at The Wharf. And the good news is that the kids are out of school, so why not go ahead and plan to join us for a couple days of celebration? 

SpringHill Suites by Marriott at The Wharf is waiting for you to book your room, bring the whole family out and join in on the fun. 

Our MoonPies on Main parades and rockin’ DJ kick off at 4 pm on Monday, Feb. 24. The annual Kid & Pet Parade will begin in front of the Ferris wheel at that time, so rally your kiddie and/or kritter krewe and meet us for the procession. Strut your stuff with your bead-clad Beagle or wagon-riding tot. 

The kid’s activities will get started at 5 pm following the parade, so let them continue the excitement at the bounce house and rock wall — did we mention they are FREE!? We will also have live animals for them to pet and a face painter onsite. 

The Float Parade will take place around 6 pm in magnificent fashion. Get ready for a dazzling display of colorful design and décor traveling down Main Street! And, be sure to hang out after the float parade to dance in the streets to our SPECTRA Sound & Light Spectacular.

2. Get in the Spirit
Do some prep work to really shift you into the carnival mood! If you plan to glitter your face or spray paint your hair a festive shade of violet, go for it. This is the moment to shine purple, green, and gold. Don’t forget to dress up the kids and pets, too! 

Our fine friends at The Bag Lady have all of the accessories you need — guaranteed to set you apart from the crowd. Make sure to buy a few because, as you know, this institution is more than a day-long fête around here!

And for Fido, Faux Paws Dog Shoppe has a variety of fashionable finds for your furry friends to model before, during and after the parades. And for participating in the Kid & Pet parade, they’ll get a complimentary treat and a bandana. 

Don’t have a pet? No problem. Shades will be hosting a pet adoption onsite with our friends from the Baldwin Humane Society. Please, oh please, won’t you give Fido a loving home this Mardi Paws … we mean, Gras?!

3. Sip, Shop, Play and Feast like Kings and Queens
This is NOT the season for moderation. Indulge in a little edible excess; we promise not to judge.

Grab a meal and a few beverages between parades at one of our many, delicious restaurants. Order an indulgent Moon Pie Latte or Frappe from The Southern Grind, then dance on down to The Sugar Shack for a decorated cookie or sweet treat. The Sandshaker will also be featuring a Mardi Gras-themed drink during the festivities.

You can also shop around and get some great deals at our unique shops. The Gulf Coast House of Jerky will be offering 15% off storewide with the purchase of $25 or more.

Feeling especially adventurous? Visit the new virtual reality arcade, Outer Limits VR, and get $2 off a single game ride.

4. Be a Glutton (for FUN) on Fat Tuesday
Fat Tuesday is the pièce de résistance. The OMEGA. Let's keep that momentum going, folks. Come hang with us before, between or after the city parades! And, be sure you’re here at 3 pm on Tuesday to see The Wharf Marina’s Annual Boat Parade.

We have options galore for a meal, and nothing screams "Mardi Gras" more than a frozen daiquiri. Island Time Daiquiris is the go-to spot for a true New Orleans style concoction. The Wharf is an Entertainment District, so don't forget you can take your cocktail with you on-the-go!

Not ready to end the Mardi Gras season? Join us at The Sandshaker for one final hurrah! You can end the night on a high note while singing your favorite karaoke song.

We’re looking forward to an awesome time, so grab the whole family and all of your friends and join us for a celebration you don’t want to miss. See you … here!

Moonpie Mentality: Mardi Gras at The Wharf

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