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Mardi Gras Royalty Reigns Over Spirited Parade

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Mardi Gras Pub Crawl, February 5th at 7:00 PM
8th Annual Mardi Gras Parade, February 6th starting at 2:00 PM
Fat Tuesday Celebration, February 9th at 5:00 PM
The Biggest Mardi Gras Parade in Destin
Over 100 floats, carts, brass bands, dancers, performers and festive marchers will toss beads, treats, t-shirts, trinkets, moonpies and more to parade revelers down the mile-long Destin Harbor Boardwalk. After the parade, the party continues all throughout the evening at HarborWalk Village. Proceeds from the Mardi Gras events will provide meals for students, who when away from school, do not have access to meals, through Food For Thought Outreach, Inc.

2016 King and Queen

Destin Royalty will reign over the 8th annual Mardi Gras parade as last year’s King and Queen, Destin Area Chamber of Commerce’s CEO and President, Shane Moody and VIP Pensacola’s Suzy Hunt, pass the crown to Steve Barber & Lauren Tate Gall.
King Steve Barber
Roll out the red carpet for His Majesty, King Steve! His Majesty will ride through the parade in a New Orleans Street Car Trolley Float. His royal highness has 30 plus years experience in the public relations, branding, marketing, social media, styling, advertising, sales promotion and events, which he operates out of Steve Barber Public Relations and at Barber & Gall Promotions. King Steve is also heavily involved in the Destin community through volunteering at Alaqua Animal Refuge, Sinfonia Gulf Coast and Children’s Home Society of Florida, local non-profits in the area.

When King Steve is not serving for a noble cause or ruling over his successful business, he enjoys the royal life of traveling, music, dining on his favorite gourmet foods and spending time with his wife in Destin.

King Steve’s favorite thing about Mardi Gras…”King Cakes!”

Queen Lauren Tate Gall
Queen Lauren fell in love with Mardi Gras as a young girl, growing up and attending the Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans,” I fell in love with everything about the festivities. From the costumes to the parades, I loved the atmosphere and everything about the pageantry of it all!”

Queen Lauren’s firm, Barber & Gall promotions, specializes in public relations, marketing, corporate event, and design. A co-owner of Barber and Gall Promotions. She is actively involved in the Ole Miss Association, the Destin Fire Rescue Foundation’s events committee and a board member of Fore Her, Inc. When Queen Lauren is not working, she’s spending time with her loving family in Miramar Beach, rooting for Ole Miss, and freelance writing for various publications in the Southeast.

Queen Lauren is looking forward to “engaging the community and watching those kid’s faces light up when they catch a set of beads!”


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