Argh! The Pirates of Oyster City, human and canine, are about to invade Apalachicola this Saturday, Feb. 26.
The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers will present their annual Mardi Gras Parade and celebration. Festivities start at 11 a.m. with music and dancers at Riverfront Park in Apalachicola. The party lasts until about 4 p.m.
There will be food and drink vendors, artists and craft persons, Krewe beads, shirts, raffle tickets for a beautiful handmade quilt by Kate Clarke, and other items for sale. This year in honor of the Pirates, there will be a Rum Bar as well as beer from Oyster City Brewery and Eastpoint Beer Company. There will also be non-profit organizations to check out.
The Parade starts at 1 p.m. at Riverfront Park, with the Lofty Pursuits marching band, a second line of dancing “witch wenches,” a team of cloggers from Tallahassee, floats, decorated golf carts, and best of all, folks walking their pirate pooches.
This year the King and Queen are Annabelle and Hoss, a mother and son brought to the Franklin County Humane Society in very poor condition, rehabilitated and then adopted by Lois Swoboda of Apalachicola. Visitors can adopt a pet from the humane society, and their great director Karen Martin and her staff, who will be on site.
Grand Marshals of this year’s Parade are Chris and Jessica Beatty, directors of the Florida Wild Mammal Association. Since 1994 this group has been taking in sick and injured wildlife including birds, amphibians, and mammals and giving them extraordinary care, and releasing many back to the wild. A portion of the proceeds each year are donated to the association to honor their work.
This year the parade will also recognize Ava Fehring of Orlando who saved her Christmas and birthday money and donated a great deal of supplies to the FCHS. She is the granddaughter of Nola and Spencer Tolbert of Franklin County.
The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers is a 501(c)3 non-profit group. Money raised at the Parade and other events go to the Franklin County Humane Society and the Florida Wild Mammal Association as well as funding the Apalachicola City Dog Park.