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 2018 Krewe of Lafitte Winter Ball will be held at the Hadji Shrine Temple, Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8 p.m. until Midnight.
Attire for all members and guests will be formal. Tuxedos for all gentlemen and FLOOR LENGTH EVENING GOWNS for the ladies. Receiving line starts at 7:15, the Ball begins at 8:00. Open bar will be from 7:00 pm to Midnight. If desired, you may bring food trays for your table.
Table Reservations and the sign-up sheets will be available at the General Membership Meeting and the barn. Guest invitations are $90.00 which includes tax per couple. Guest invitations will be available at the General Membership Meeting and at the Krewe of Lafitte Barn from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm the nights the barn is open.
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KREWE OF LAFITTE RECEIVES 2018 Hernando DeSoto Award.
September 22, LXIV & Queen LXIV Cocktail Party. By Invite Only.
October 3, Barn Open 5:30pm: Float Work Night; Load for Pirate Festival.
October 5-7, Dominique Youx: Pirates of the High Seas Festival. Pier Park – Panama City Beach.
October 10, Barn Open 5:30pm: Float Clean Up.
October 24, 5:30pm, General Membership Meeting.
October 26, New Member Halloween Party.
November 2, Dominique You: Fall Ball (tentative).
November 7, Barn Open: Winter Ball Ticket Sales & Load for Winter Ball.
November 10, 7pm; Krewe of Lafitte Winter Ball.
November 14, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Empty Trailer from Winter Ball.
November 21, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Bead Sales Only.
November 28, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Prepare for Surfing Santa Parade.
December 2, 2:00pm; Surfing Santa Parade (Tentative).
December 4, 6:00pm; Court Float Decorating.
December 5, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Float Decorating.
December 8, 5:00pm; Downtown Christmas Parade (Tentative).
December 12, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Float Clean Up.
January 2, 2019 5:30pm; Barn Open: Load for Mardi Gras Kick-Off.
January 4, 5:30pm; Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick-Off. Downtown Pensacola.
January 9, 5:30pm; Barn Open: UnLoad from Mardi Gras Kick-Off.
January 12, 6:00pm;Les Harlequins: 72nd Annual Mardi Gras Ball @ St. Ann’s.
January 19, Springtime Tallahasse: 12th Night Ball.
January 30, 5:30pm, General Membership Meeting.
February 2, Mall Ball (Tentative).
February 2, Krewe of Gemini: Mardi Gras Ball (Tentative).
February 2, Dominque You: Mardi Gras Ball & Coronation (Tenative).
February 6, 6pm; KOL General Membership meeting.
February 8, ARC Parade, School Visits & Hospitals. (TBD)
February 13, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Unload from General Membership Meeting & Float Clean up.
February 20, 5:30pm; Barn Open: Float Work Night.
February 23, Navarre Krewe of Jester’s Parade (Tentative).
February 23, Aphrodite: Annual Ball @ Hadji Shrine.
February 27, 5:30pm; Aphrodite: Annual Ball @ Hadji Shrine.
March 1, 9am – Ball Decorating; 12pm VIP Lunch; 7pm Krewe of Lafitte Illuminated Mardi Gras Parade Presented by Wind Creeek Casino; 9pm KOL Mardi Gras Ball.
March 2, 9:30am Ladies VIP Brunch; 11am KOL Fish Fry, 2pm Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade 8pm Return Trucks to Vince Whibbs.
March 3, Sunday Brunch at the Shaker; Krewe of Wrecks Parade; Mardi Gras at the Beach: Check-in.
March 4, KOL Mardi Gras at the beach festivities.
March 5, Fat Tuesday Celebration.
March 10, 5:30am Cabbage Parade – Metarie, LA.
March 13, Barn Open: Float Clean Up, All Captains Must Attend.
March 27, Barn Open: Golf Tournament Business Only & Load for Tallahassee.
March 28-31, Springtime Tallahasse Festival.
April (TBD), Krewe of Lafitte – Pints for Prostates – Charity Golf Tournament.
April 25-28, Hernando DeSoto Heritage Festival, Bradenton, FL.
Remember our President’s motto: “Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates.” – Mark Twain