The Krewe of Bananimals was founded in 1993 by a group of friends who all loved to party and hang out at various beach bistros. Founders Karen Cook Cowen and Bryan Denham spearheaded the development of the new Mardi Gras Krewe then known as the “Krewe of Animals” which later morphed into the Krewe of Bananimals.
The Krewe adopted the motto Rude, Crude and Socially UN-acceptable based on their wanting to have a fun based Krewe with no strings attached. Members consist of business owners, bartenders, socialites, land developers, relators, investors, blue collar places from the Florida Panhandle as well as AL, TN, MI and MS.
They are a philanthropic Krewe that donates their time and money for various local charities. The Santa Rosa Kids House, Coenant Hospice, Capstone Academy (autistic children) as well as several other deserving organizations.
The Krewe assembles around 300 Easter Baskets and Halloween treats for children.
During Christmas season, approximately 50 children are “adopted” with bags of toys, clothes, games, etc.
Membership is a open policy. They do not discriminate in any way and all fun loving peope are welcome to join. Go to one of their many socials, meet some members, fill out a 1 page membership form, pay a fee of $50 for your annual dues and you are a Bananimal! You can also download the membership form from the website.
The Krewe host various social gatherings and events. For a full line up please visit their website.
The 2018 Krewe of Bananimals Mardi Gras Ball, Saturday, January 20th on Pensacola Beach. The ball is typically theme based and is open to the public. The cost is $25.00 per person and includes heavy Hor d’oeuvres, music and cash bar. More information will be posted on the website along with hotel discounts
Shrimp Boil and Membership Drive, Halloween Party, Christmas Party, Poker Run and Pub Crawl, Ronald McDonal House Cookout, Kids Mardi Gras Parade, Summer Luau, Santa Rosa Kids House Blue Angel water sales, Beach Mardi Gras Parade, Bach Kids and Critters Parade, Beach Kids Parade, Food Drives, Toy Drives, Monthly social meeting and much much more!