300 Gentleman Pirates, Twelve Floats,
Ten+ Parades, Three Formal Balls,
Fellowship, Camaraderie, Goodwill and Community Service!
The Krewe of Lafitte is a society of gentlemen, formed in 1954, whose purpose is to foster fellowship and equality within its membership and share goodwill and community service throughout the region. Our goal is to build lifelong friendships among our members and give back to our communities and the charities we support in NW Florida. We will entertain the people of Pensacola during the Mardi Gras season with our own Lafitte’s Night Illuminated Parade featuring our 13 hand-built, pirate-themed floats, joined by other organizations in our area, throwing beads, stuffed animals, moon pies and other surprises to the awaiting crowds. We will also further entertain the public by participating in the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade, Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras Parade, Pensacola Christmas Parade, Pensacola Beach Christmas Parade and Pensacola Grand Fiesta Parade. We will participate in several parades throughout the region, with our 3 traveling floats. In addition to all the communities we will entertain, we will charitably support, through our Foundation, various prostate awareness, education, and wellness entities with our annual Pirates for Prostrate Golf Tournament. We will make “Good Will – Giving Back to the Community” visits to various schools, ARC, Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House. We will also participate with our brother Krewes, Springtime Tallahassee and the Rough Riders in their annual “Teddy Bear Run” visiting with the special children in Leon County, Florida during the Springtime Tallahassee Festival. We will also assist with relief efforts when a crisis arises within our community, state, or region through our Foundation. We will strive to give back to our communities and especially the charities we support.
The Krewe of Lafitte received the 2018 Hernando DeSoto Award at their ball held on April 27th during the 2018 Festival Weekend. President Don Richards accepted the award on behalf of the entire Krewe of Lafitte. Later that evening, all of the attending Krewe of Lafitte members, including Jean Lafitte LXIII John Mancill, his Queen Robin Sharit, Past President Mike Andel, and President Don Richards, appeared on stage for a ceremonial handshake while receiving the award.
The award was given in appreciation and recognition of the work done by the Krewe of Lafitte in providing hurricane relief to South Florid and especially the Bradenton area after Hurricane Irma.
2017 was an “extremely active hurricane season” according to the NOAA National Hurricane Center. With some 17 named storms, along with 10 that became major hurricanes; significant damage was suffered in numerous geographical areas. Hurricane Harvey struck Texas with over 125 billion dollars in damage, affecting 13 million people from Texas through Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. 88 deaths were attributed to that storm alone. At its peak on September 1, 2017, one-third of Houston was underwater. On September 10, Category 4 storm Hurricane Irma struck southern Florida, making its second landfall of the day on Marco Island. Damaging more than 65,000 structures in West Central and Southwest Florida, it caused over 80 deaths and 50 billion dollars damage.
For both those storms, the Krewe of Lafitte started a hurricane relief drive which was supported by numerous local organizations and other Krewes. More information can be found in the Community Support section of our website.
May 23, Barn Night, work night, unload decorations
May 30, Barn Night, work night, Prep for Bowlegs & Fiesta Parades; also, Fiesta Days Celebration at Seville Quarter
June 1, In Pensacola: Fiesta Parade and pre parade party; Fort Walton Beach: Krewe of Bowlegs’ Skirmish
June 2, In Pensacola and on Pensacola Beach: Fiesta Church Service, Launch Party, Boat Parade, Landing; In Fort Walton Beach: Krewe of Bowlegs Landing
June 3, Fort Walton Beach: Krewe of Bowlegs, Crab Island Party
June 4, Fort Walton Beach: KOL pre-parade Party & Bowlegs Parade
Remember our President’s motto:
“Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate. Then, always be a pirate!”