Pensacola is a town that doesn’t need a big reason to have a good time. Just because the holiday season is over doesn’t mean people are ready to settle down. Thankfully, Mardi Gras is the perfect distraction.
One Mardi Gras event scheduled for the upcoming festivities is the first ever Jubilee by the Bay Walk, Run or Drag With Color, which is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 19. The event, which will be held at the Maritime Park, will involve participants running through the streets of downtown while being doused with the Mardi Gras colors of green, yellow and purple.
The paint is a food-based cornstarch that comes out of clothing when washed with soap and water. However, a vinegar station will be on site for participants who want to keep the color in their clothes. The run is put on by Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc. in partnership with Jubilee By the Bay, Inc. Although Pensacola has many runs year-round, Jubilee by the Bay will be the first color run in the city.
“We know that runs that feature color are sort of sweeping the United States as fun,” said Danny Zimmern, president of Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc.
The run with color is one of many events put on by Pensacola Mardi Gras, Inc. to support the upcoming Mardi Gras season. The first event was the Twelfth Night of Christmas on Jan. 6th, in which a large king cake was cut and the Mardi Gras floats were blessed. The festival season will also include a Mardi Gras themed Gallery Night on Jan. 25. The season will end on Feb. 12, commonly known as “Fat Tuesday.”
“The focus is on improving and growing Pensacola’s Mardi Gras season with events,” Zimmern said. “We want to promote Mardi Gras all through the community and Northwest Florida during that time.”
In true Mardi Gras fashion, the run with color with host a big afterparty at the Maritime Park. Participants in the race will have the choice of bloody mary, beer and Pepsi products. Also on site will be “Mardi Gras madness,” which Zimmern said is a drink that is similar to a hurricane.
Participants will receive a t-shirt, wristband and other goodies for signing up and running. The colored paint is a food-based cornstarch which comes out of clothing when washed with soap and water. All participants are asked to wear a white top and other crazy outfits, such as tutus. This a non-competitive race and is a family friendly. Runners are encouraged to bring their children so that they may also participate.
The Jubilee run will commence at 9 a.m. Early registration has ended. Participants can register at jubileebythebay.com