I had actually set a goal last year to participate in the "Double Bridge Run" in Pensacola, Florida which was held today. Realistically, I had not gotten myself in good enough shape to participate as a runner, but I still would have liked to attend. Although the temperatures were in the 30's this morning as runners prepared for the event, it still looked like a lot of fun. According to their social media post, they "were hosting over 3,500 competitors from 43 different states for the 15k and 5k events!" I have to get in shape so I can do this next year.
I would have then left Pensacola to head over to the Panama City Beach Mardi Gras and Music Festival. Sawyer Brown was headlining at 3:00 PM and the parade was scheduled for 4:30 PM. People started getting their spots on the parade route quite early in the day.
It is obvious that they get a jump on Mardi Gras festivities in the Gulf Coast beach community. While it isn't New Orleans, it appears to be growing in popularity. Sadly, just like last year, I will simply have to enjoy the fun through photos sent to me from family members. Maybe next year will be different???