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 63 years.
We support our local charity, Manna Food Bank, and are pleased to participate annually in their philanthropic events: Clover Pick A Bowl Fill A Bowl; and their Thanksgiving food drive, Fill the Mayflower.
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.
Our current community outreach focus is with Manna Food Bank. During each krewe social, and the annual membership tea, members bring food donations for the local food pantry. We have recently begun an extended relationship with Manna to include volunteering during their special events.
Membership is by the invitation of a current member. We have grown steadily over the last few years. If you are interested in joining, please visit our website at http://marionettes.shutterfly.com. Our general membership meeting is held every April at the Pensacola Yacht Club. At this meeting, activity plans for the upcoming fiscal year are presented and voted on by the entire membership.
During the year, we sponsor four social events to rekindle our relationships and catch up with friends. Our annual President’s Tea is held each October at the home of a member. We schedule a hat, tutu and tub decorating party in November and also participate in “Fill the Mayflower” food drive sponsored by Manna. We host a krewe Christmas party in December. In January, we participate in the Kick Off Celebration, plan a bead shopping party(s), and host a booth at the Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival.
Our Grand Mardi Gras Ball will be January 23rd, 2021 at the Pensacola Yacht Club and is only open to Krewe members. The Krewe of Marionettes Grand Mardi Gras Ball is a formal, black-tie dinner and dance. The Grand Ball is a formal event that highlights the new members and royalty. It includes a buffet dinner and a night of dancing featuring a local band. During the evening we also hold a silent auction, with some proceeds going to Manna Food Pantry. This year our theme is “Queen of Hearts” and the ballroom will be decorated in red, gold, and black. We set up for the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade street party at Emmanuel, Sheppard, and Condon on Spring Street. We rent our floats for the parade and design a new pin each year to trade at this event.
Manna Food Bank, Inc.