Orange Beach takes on Fat Tuesday

Pirate ship

The City of Orange Beach hosted their 30th anniversary of Mardi Gras on Fat Tuesday 2014.

Some 52 different entries, from glittery floats to booming bands, took over Peridido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach on Tuesday, March 4.

The City of Orange Beach boasted their Pirate Ship float, which city officials say was funded with  BP Tourism Grant Money.

“We’re trying to build up Mardi Gras as well as Coastal Christmas here in Orange Beach,” explained Ken Grimes, City Administrator for the City of Orange Beach, “So we used some of the funds, built a float, we’ve added a lot of banners and flags that you can see down the route. So we’re really trying to build the crowds and make people realize that we’re family oriented here in Orange Beach.”

Four of the some 50 floats were sponsored by the City of Orange Beach. The only musical act was the Gulf Shores High School Marching Band.

The parade rolled at 2 p.m. at Wintzell’s Oyster House. The route followed down Perdido Beach Boulevard and ended  at Highway 161.

Thousands were in attendance, and fortunately, the rain held up for folks to enjoy a roarin’ good time without the wet weather.

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