The Admiral Andres de Pez is credited in Spanish and American history for planning the Spanish expedition that would lead to the first successful European colonization of Pensacola. The results of this expedition and the contributions of both Andres de Pez, and his trusted advisor Don Carlos Siguenza’s strong recommendations, led to the founding of the Presidio Santa Maria de Galve in 1698 along the shores of Pensacola Bay. Andres de Pez developed the plan, and lobbied the highest officials of Spain for support, and ultimately commanded the expedition that resulted in the establishment of the oldest settlement in the United States which later became the city of
The Krewe of Andres de Pez was established in 2001 by a merry band of brothers who found their roots and upbringings deeply nested in the Pensacola Community. The founding Fathers of the Krewe of Andres de Pez had a vision and intent to form an organization that celebrated the history and deep seeded culture of the Pensacola community and fostered and environment that encouraged their members to give back to their community through heartfelt philanthrope endeavors. Their vision prompted the selection of their namesake the Spanish Conquistador and infamous Admiral Andres de Pez.
Since the Krewe of Andres de Pez’s inception in 2001, these spirited band of brothers have remained committed to spreading ‘Mayhem and Cheer’ throughout the Mardi Gras celebration to the Pensacola community at large. They always endeavor to deliver epic times and memories for all in their Sea of Red Tabards wake… The Krewe of Andres de Pez is a self-functioning, all male Krewe, consisting of 296 members, comprised of an array of modern-day professionals. They are also comprised of an exceptionally strong cohort of United States Armed Forces Veterans who represent all services: The United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard.
As each Mardi Gras celebration begins, the members of The Krewe of Andres de Pez prepare
their: ships, shipmates, libations, food, and equipment in meticulous fashion and dare to declare
they remain first in all that they do. As they enter their 23 rd year of ‘Mayhem and Cheer,’ they
remain a sight to behold when they dawn their colorful tabards and parade their regal ships, de
Guadalupe and de San Jose, for all to see, as they showcase the spirit and camaraderie of their
brotherhood as members of the Krewe of Andres de Pez, proudly chanting through our city
streets and beaches, Three cheers to our leader, the Admiral de Pez! Viva de Pez!! Viva de
Pez!!! Viva de Pez!!!
Admiral XXII: Wes Southern
Siguenza XXIII: Clay (You-Zay) Usie
Membership is closed right now and runs from September through October. Membership is done by nominations within the Krewe.