DUNEDIN — On Fat Tuesday, as many as 34,000 people are expected to take part in one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the Southeast.
The Downtown Dunedin Merchants Association will present the 28 annual Dunedin Mardi Gras Parade and Festival Tuesday, March 5, 4 to 10 p.m., in downtown Dunedin. Admission is free.
According to organizers, parade attendees are advised to stake out a perfect viewing spot along the parade route early. In the past, attendees have started arriving on scene shortly after lunchtime. The parade procession will get underway at 7 p.m. in front of the Dunedin Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave. From there, the route runs along Douglas Avenue and ends near Skinner Boulevard. The parade will feature floats as well as the Mardi Gras King and Queen.
Produced by AMG Group Music Events, the festival will include live musical entertainment, a food truck court and vendors along Main Street.
VIP Lounge tickets are available and include unlimited beer and wine as well as hors d’oeuvres, the “ultimate” viewing area and plenty of beads. For information and to order VIP tickets, visit www.DunedinMardiGras.com.
Music will be provided by Victims of Circumstance and The Black Honkeys.
Victims of Circumstance is a punk-ska band known for blending pop-hooks with a unique style of ska.
The band got its start back in 2005 when guitarist Michael Smyth and drummer Glenn Stewart — two Tampa Bay area punk scene veterans who were both working at a debt settlement company — started working on a collection of songs that would become “Do It Yourself,” the band’s debut album.
“We had a full drum kit, a half-stack, a bass rig and half-a-dozen guitars lying around Glenn’s office,” said Smyth on the band’s Facebook page. “We just kept the door closed and no one seemed to notice.” Eventually the boys converted some unused warehouse space into a rehearsal room. The space grew and grew, eventually transforming into a state-of-the-art recording studio.
Joining Smyth and Steward were bassist Lindsey Pittard, saxophonist Jay Atheney, and Devin Johnson on trumpet. Blending pop hooks with their distinctive fusion of punk and ska, Victims of Circumstance quickly made a name for themselves among the sea of Central Florida bands, both for their energetic performances and their commitment to the local scene.
Since the release of their debut album, Victims of Circumstance has release three additional studio albums, including “Roll the Dice” (2009), “Acupunkture” (2011) and “No More Heroes” (2014). In 2011, they recorded “Live in Japan,” their first live album. They have toured Europe and have opened for bands such as Streetlight Manifesto and The Dropkick Murphys. The band is working on a fifth studio album due to be released in the summer of 2019.
Victims of Circumstance will perform on the main stage at Pioneer Park from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
The Black Honkeys were voted Creative Loafing's Best in Bay.
One of the Tampa Bay area’s best-known bands, The Black Honkeys first hit the stage in 2000. Phil Esposito – a diehard fan of the old Motown and R&B sound of the ’60s and ’70s – and then guitarist Joe Sanders – who was into the J. Geils Band, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones – combined their musical interests and launched the project that would become The Black Honkeys. The band started rehearsing in September and played their first show at Club More in Clearwater on New Year’s Eve.
The eight-piece band is led by vocalist Esposito – better known as “Brother Phil.” The supporting cast includes Nicole Simone on vocals, Wil “The Thrill” Harris on bass and vocals, Greg Czink on guitar and vocals, John Dash Dixon on keyboards, Stephen Tanner on drums, Billy Summer on guitar, Terry Clark on trumpet and vocals and Scott Meyers on trombone and vocals.
Visit www.DunedinMardiGras.com for event details.