St. Andrews: 'A little New Orleans'

Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 11:44 AM.

PANAMA CITY — The heart of Historic St. Andrews is the setting for “All that Jazz” during this weekend’s Mardi Gras festival and parades with the Krewe of St. Andrews and SAMGFest.

“This is our 16th year to parade,” said Krewe of St. Andrews President Pam George, who has been a member since 2002. “We are actually in the process of building a den, a building to house the floats in. … All the floats have different styles for the theme. One is House of Blues, another the KOSA Club.”

Pets will lead the half-mile Kids and Pets Parade at 4 p.m. Friday.

“We will be crowning the pets at 3:45,” George said. “People will decorate them and put them in costumes. They are mostly dogs, but sometimes we have cats.”

The pet parade requires a registration fee, with the proceeds going to local animal organizations.

Little Miss and Mister, crowned tonight during the Royal Kids’ Ball, will be riding in a car with the top down behind the pets in a parade that promises more stuffed animals and candy.

The Krewe of St. Andrews will have seven floats in the Main Parade, though they are working on an eighth float for next year.

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