History:

The Krewe of Aphrodite was formed in 1979 and is a not-for-profit social organization with a Grecian theme. Our goddesses have formed lifelong friendships and are proud to be a part of such a special piece of Pensacola’s long history. Our annual Mardi Gras Ball unmasks our royalty, Aphrodite, and her Apollo and court who will preside over our events for one year. We parade at Mardi Gras, Fiesta, and Christmas and have private socials throughout the year.

About Krewe:

We have 130 members and also associate members. Our new members are assigned an alumni color specific to their year, seen on the colorful drapes we wear. Queens past and present are draped in gold, board members in purple, founding members in white, and court members in designated colors.

Our court portrays Greek mythological characters and are chosen each year by our board.

Although we are not a non-profit, we have donated to local charities such as Favor House, or Arc Gateway in honor of our beloved Goddess Donna Fassett-Merritt.

Details:

We have 6 floats including our brand new in 2020 Aphrodite’s Chariot, her Shell, Temple, Pegasus, Lyre, and Medallion. Our floats are hand built and fundraiser by our Krewe members. We house our floats in our facility in Downtown Pensacola, lovingly called our Float Barn. It has a kitchen, restrooms, changing rooms and room to work on floats, have meetings, or socials.

Membership:

We have a membership cap and as spots open up, new members can apply with two member sponsors. We encourage prospective new members to be walkers for our parades and come to any open socials to get to know Krewe members. We welcome new members around August each year with a social.

Events:

Our annual Mardi Gras Ball is usually at the Hadji Temple and includes our tableau and unmasking presentation followed by dinner and dancing. We also have socials throughout the year. We participate in the Mardi Gras Parade, Fiesta parade, and Christmas Parade.