The 22nd Dunedin Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 12, featuring an annual parade down Douglas Avenue and a free concert.
DUNEDIN – The 22nd Dunedin Mardi Gras is Tuesday, Feb. 12, featuring an annual parade down Douglas Avenue and a free concert.
The concert starts on Main Street on the Pioneer Park stage at 5 p.m. with an hour break starting at 7:30 p.m. The music begins again after the parade and continues until 11 p.m.
The parade starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Florida Auto Exchange Stadium and heads north to Skinner Boulevard. The parade features more than 50 unique and colorful floats and tossing of beads to the crowd.
This year’s grand marshal is “Captain Al” (Alan Taylor), pilot/reporter of the ABC Action News helicopter, Action Air One. The king of Mardi Gras is Ron Barnette, Dunedin City Commissioner and local businessman.
T-Boussard and the Zydeco Steppers is the headline entertainment band and are expected to take the stage after the parade. The Mudflappers open the event at 5 p.m.
According to information at the event website, as many as 30,000 are expected to attend the family-friendly event. Attendees begin arriving as early as 1 p.m. to begin staking out a good spot along the parade route which runs along Douglas Avenue from Knology Park passing through Main street and in front of Pioneer Park ending justs before Skinner Boulevard.