Krewe of Lafitte’s 2023
Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade
Friday, February 17, 2023, 7:30 pm – Complete
Krewe of Andres de Pez members
Staging and line up will be downtown Pensacola on Spring Street with a Krewe arrival time of 5:00 pm. We will depart the barn no later than 4:45 pm and will receive a Police escort from the Pensacola Police Department (Go Blue!)
To share in the camaraderie and spirit of the Mardi Gras celebration, the esprit de corps of our time-honored brotherhood and to unequivocally bring Mayhem and Cheer to the streets and citizens of Pensacola!
Full Parade Dress as denoted in the membership handbook.
Standard Parade Dress:
Black boots (Most common uniform worn)
Black pants (Military-style cargo pants are common. The cargo pockets come in handy when carrying items like beads, gloves and the like.
White swordsman/renaissance long sleeve shirt or white long sleeve shirt
Hat or headgear of your choice.
Barn will open at 2:30 pm. There will be clip boards at the aft end of both ships with a manifest of all Krewe members names with a green highlight marker. If you are riding in the parade you are required to highlight your name. The Co-Siguenza Harry Demmon and Deck Chiefs Erik Klinger (de Guadalupe) and Kevin Kennovin (de San Jose) will insure that we have an accurate by name head count of members parading before we depart the barn and before we depart line up. We will also ask for an emergency point of contact and telephone number in case of an emergency during the parade. We appreciate your support with this. We take pride in taking care of you and ensuring your safety while spreading Mayhem and Cheer is our number 1 priority.
We will depart the barn promptly at 4:45 pm for line-up. If you miss our departure time for line-up; no sweat you can link up with us at our line up location on Spring Street (location is TBD after the Safety meeting and will be published by SXXIII as soon as information is released).
Food (Menu TBD), Beverage (Keg Beer), and lots of ice will be provided by the Krewe. If you would like to bring liquor or alcohol you are welcome to do so. However, we ask that you ensure that you use non glass items were permissible. If glass is your only option then we ask that you take responsibility for ensuring glass items are contained and in a tote bag or ice chest that mitigates glass breaks on our ships.
Parade Route can be found at:
Parade begins at 7:30 pm and we will slowly traverse from Spring Street onto Garden. Enroute to Garden Street we will remove our head gear at the direction of the Siguenza and observe a moment of silence directly in front of the Law Offices of Emanuel and Sheppard to pay respects to a fallen Krewe brother Bill Meador. The Siguenza will signal to the Krewe when to re-don head gear and resume normal parade activities.
Pleased refrain from throwing any beads whatsoever on Spring Street. We are not allowed to throw any beads until we make a full right hand turn onto Garden Street. The audible signal to throw beads will be given by the Siguenza and signaled by one prolonged horn blast.
When we approach the end of the parade route near the intersection of South Palafox and Main Street the Siguenza will sound an all call for all Krewe members to onboard the ships and the parade is now over. This audible signal will be denoted by the sounding of 6-prolonged horn blast. At this time all members of the Krewe are required to onboard the ships and all throwing of beads must cease. If you intend to stay downtown and not participate in the post parade work party then you must make a left hand turn on main street and head towards Seville Quarter in order to clear South Palafox Street. We are not allowed to walk to the right (west of Palafox). There will be police officers pulling sentry duties and we ask that you do not violate their rules. Our beloved law enforcement officers are their to keep us safe and have all of our best interest in mind. Please respect their orders and obligations in the line of duty; Go Blue!
Once we have gathered all Krewe members we will return to the barn and conduct post parade work party operations and prepare for the next parade on Saturday. As per Krewe standard operating procedures the Siguenza and his team will publish and lead the priorities of work for all members until complete and we are prepared to roll for our next parade. Remember many hands make light work of many task. We remain appreciative of your support and your commitment to shouldering your fair share of the task.
These are the specified parade rules published by the Krewe of Lafitte. We appreciate you familiarizing yourself with them and adhering to them all. Any violation of these rules can reflect poorly upon the reputation and appearance of our Krewe. We respectfully request that you refrain from being that "Guy".