Have a ball at PCB Mardi Gras

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 11:13 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — The Krewe of Dominique Youx keeps the good times rolling Friday and Saturday during Mardi Gras at the Beach.

“As far as the numbers, this will be as big as we’ve had,” said John Dunaway, Dominique Youx the XXVII.

With parades on both days in Pier Park, expect to see the Krewe of Dominique Youx throw a “good ton or two” of “tens of thousands” of beads, which were delivered on skids and unloaded with a forklift.

“Between all the krewes, it will be hundreds of thousands,” Dunaway said. “One thing Krewe members really enjoy is the kids and look for kids to throw beads to. To see people stacked deep is part of the excitement, to see the crowd and how much fun people are having.”

The Krewe will have about 10 of their own floats in the Main Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, including the new “Battery III” and “Jewels of the Sea,” which will be christened Friday evening.

“There will be more than 50 floats from krewes, individuals and organizations,” Dunaway said Tuesday, as the numbers have continued to rise.

Though he was one of six pirates in 2002 as part of the Royal Court, his costume is much more extravagant as the Krewe’s reigning king.

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