A four-legged friend tags along with the marching band. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Times ]
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Uncle John’s hounds: Mardi Gras parade brings good vibes

A groovy time was had in downtown Apalachicola on Saturday, as thousands gathered in Riverfront Park, clad in tie-dye and paisley print, for the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers’ annual Mardi Gras parade and celebration.

This year’s Grateful Dead theme inspired some spectacular costumes and floats in what many locals said was the largest parade yet.

Led by the Lofty Pursuits marching band, local law enforcement, brightly decorated golf carts, a band of dancing witches and scores of folks walking their dressed-up pooches wrapped their way around the block to the cheers of onlookers.

Organizer Caroline Ilardi said that this year’s parade was the largest in the event’s 12 year history. Proceeds, which Ilardi said exceeded $22,000, will go to the Franklin County Humane Society and the Florida Wild Mammal Association as well as funding the Apalachicola City Dog Park.

“It was a beautiful day, and there were more people, more dogs, more vendors, more music and more fun than I’ve ever seen there,” Ilardi said. “It was just altogether bigger and better than it’s ever been.”

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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  1. $22,000 is being donated to the Franklin County Humane Society and the Florida Wild Mammal Association this year. The Salty Barkers Mardi Gras Krewe also provides some ongoing financial support to the Apalachicola Dog Park as well as supporting fundraising by the park users. We appreciate all of our generous local sponsors, our hardworking volunteers, and our wonderful, supportive community.

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