The Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival and the Krewe of Bowlegs were started in 1954 as a way to build tourism for the Fort Walton Beach community. The Krewe of Bowlegs continues today with that same commitment to serving the area. Wherever a daring, adventurous swashbuckler (or just a guy in a funny pirate hat) is needed you may find us. Captain Billy and his brave Krewe ventured into the local elementary schools to pose for art class portraits and read stories of daring escapades. The pirates braved the open seas to train dolphin at the Gulfarium and dropped anchor at Bob Hope Village to judge the Halloween costume contest. Whether it's marching in the Starfish Project Mardi Gras Parade or teeing up the ceremonial shot at a golf tournament, the Captain and the Krewe are always willing to lend a hand...or hook, as the case may be.

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The weekend will bring waves of fun-filled adventures to Panama City Beach with the annual Pirates of the High Seas Fest. Setting sail October 12-14, 2018, this year's FREE festival is sure to take pirate fun to a whole new level.

The Florida Seafood Festival parade begins Saturday, at 10 a.m. EST and winds eastward down U.S. Highway 98 to the Apalachicola River. The parade annually features bands, floats and dignitaries from throughout the region. Always a treat for the kids, the parade is a colorful and festive way to begin your day in historic Apalachicola.

Dozens of civic and youth groups, organizations, churches, businesses, and individuals will take part in the happy and festive annual event, and thousands will line the streets to enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas.

The City of Fort Walton Beach celebrates the Christmas season with the annual Fort Walton Beach Christmas Parade. The fun will include plenty of marching bands playing Christmas music, festive floats, candy, beads, and other throws. This fun Christmas event is great for all ages! Parade route is on Eglin Parkway beginning at First Street and ending at the Kmart parking lot.

This is a morning parade and the floats will start at Downtown Destin Shopping Center (Old Time Pottery) and travel west down Harbor Blvd.

The Saint Paul Winter Carnival is gearing up for another fantastic year with more than four dozen events. Most events are FREE, open to the public, and will take place in downtown Saint Paul, near Rice Park and Landmark Center, as well as at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Join us for a 17 day celebration of winter! https://www.wintercarnival.com/

The parade takes place on Palafox and Garden Streets in historic downtown Pensacola. The Parade starts at 2:00pm and continues until around 6:00pm. The Grand Mardi Gras Parade is by far the the largest event of Mardi Gras and of Downtown Pensacola annually, and will prove to be the highlight of the season again this year.

Join us for the Springtime Tallahassee Grand Parade. Come see over 100 colorful units and floats, marching bands, dance groups, Springtime Krewe floats and much more. The parade steps off on Monroe Street just south of the intersection of Monroe Street and Brevard Street and travels south on Monroe past the Florida Capitol ending at Madison Street.

With over 150 entries, the De Soto Grand Parade is the largest parade in Southwest Florida. Over 200,000 people lined the streets of Manatee to view the illuminated parade entries and catch a glimpse of our newly crowned Queen and Princess. Beads, coins and other fun items are tossed to the crowd throughout the night.

Captain Billy Bowlegs and his Krewe of scurvy pirates will sail into the Fort Walton Beach Landing carrying a white flag tonight at 7 PM. Captain Billy will try to negotiate with the mayor for control of the city. If history holds true, He may find that the mayor is willing to put up a fight. Come join in the festivities and see the fireworks!

The Landing day will be filled with pirate revelry and music in anticipation of the pirate invasion led by Captain Billy and his Krewe between 3pm and 4 pm. A successful invasion brings the promise of a share of the loot for all who join. Come for beads, coins, and lots of fun!

To celebrate their victory over the City of Fort Walton Beach, Captain Billy and the Krewe of Bowlegs share their wealth – glittering beads, treasures and doubloons – with a lively, enthusiastic crowd all along the parade route.

“Make way, mateys!” The Billy Bowlegs Torchlight Parade sponsored by WindCreek Atmore will set sail from historic downtown Fort Walton Beach at 7 pm on Monday. We’ll set our sights north, and travel Eglin Parkway beyond Uptown Station, dropping anchor near Hughes Street. Parade watchers will be amidst colorful costumes and festive music. The Torchlight Parade boasts almost 100 floats, boats, vessels, and marching units including visiting Krewes and, of course, those infamous Billy Bowlegs Pirates!

The Krewe of Bowlegs is proud to present the 66th Annual Coronation Pageant. Join us at 7 PM at the Mattie Kelly Art Center for a special show and the unveiling of Captain Billy Bowlegs LXVI, his Queen, his First Mate and Mistress, and his Honor Guard.


Krewe of Bowlegs
PO Box 1077
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32549-1077