This Mardi Gras Krewe was launched as a social club in 2006 by founding Captain Thom Lowery with 15 original members. Currently there are around 24 members with a maximum number of members set at 45. Members mostly reside in the southern part of Escambia County but we do have members living in Santa Rosa County and also in Alabama.
The Krewe was formed with a mission to have fun by socializing and to particpate in various Mardi Gras and other parades along the Northwest Florida and Lower Alabama Gulf Coast.
The Krewe’s float is a Pyrate Ship named “The Pearl of Perdido” which was built out of wood by our members. Heavy damage to the ship occurred in 2020 from Hurricane Sally which resulted in a complete rebuild of the float. Improvements have been made each year.
Members meet once a month on the first Tuesday at various locations, mostly local restaurants, to attend to Krewe business and to socialize. Each December we elect a King and Queen at our regular meeting and then the names of the new royalty are announced at our annual Christmas party. We try to have a social outing each month. The female members “Wenches” often get together for lunches and other activities..
Membership is open to those who like to have fun in a casual atmosphere and love Mardi Gras parades. Potential new members can join each year starting after Mardi Gras until the end of October. Members must be at least 21 years old. Contact a member if you are interested in joining the Krewe.
The Pyrates vote on which parades to participate in each year. Past parades have included the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras parade, the Pensacola Beach Mardi Gras parade, both Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Alabama parades as well as the Milton parade. We also participate in various Christmas parades. The Pyrates give back to the local community by participating in service events such as Wreaths Across America and Bike Pensacola Bike Build.