History:

The Krewe of Marionettes, originally founded in 1957, is the longest established all-female krewe in Pensacola! We have remained an active part of the Pensacola Mardi Gras Society for 64 years.

About Krewe:

The Krewe of Marionettes is a sisterhood of the finest ladies gathered as one to celebrate the Mardi Gras season and to support each other in all life events.

Details:

The local charity we support is Manna Food Pantries. On an annual basis, we participate in their philanthropic events, Clover Pick-A-Bowl Fill-A-Bowl and the Fill the Mayflower food drive. Marionettes also host a booth at the Krewe of Blues Pin and Bead Festival to raise money for Manna. In addition, members bring food donations to Krewe events which are given to the food bank.

Membership:

Membership in the Marionettes is by the invitation of a current member. We hold a general membership meeting every April at the Pensacola Yacht Club. At this meeting, activity plans for the upcoming fiscal year are presented and voted on by the membership.

Events:

During the year, the Krewe sponsors quarterly social events at a variety of venues. A President’s Tea is held each fall at the home of a member. We host a Christmas party each December along with a hat and tutu decorating party prior to the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras parade. We schedule a bead shopping night at Pensacola Parade People and a morning bus trip to Toomey’s in Mobile in order to purchase throws for the parade. In January, we participate in the Pensacola Mardi Gras Kick Off Celebration and host a booth at the Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival.

We set up for the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras street party and parade in the parking lot of the Emmanuel, Sheppard, and Condon offices on Spring Street. Our floats are rented from Kip Dingler. We design a new trading pin each year to distribute at this event. Our Grand Mardi Gras Ball will be held this season on February 5, 2022, at the Pensacola Yacht Club. It is only open to Krewe members and their guests. The Krewe of Marionettes Grand Mardi Gras Ball is a formal, black-tie dinner and dance. It is a formal event where new members and Krewe royalty are introduced. It includes a buffet dinner and a night of dancing with music provided by Dr. Breeze. During the evening, we will hold a silent auction with some proceeds going to Manna. The ball theme is “Mardi Gras Masquerade” and the ballroom will be decorated in purple, green and gold.

Non-profit Manna Food Bank, Inc.
www.mannahelps.org

Non-profit

Manna Food Bank, Inc.
www.mannahelps.org