Our History

The History of Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras came to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. Early explorers celebrated this French Holiday on the banks of the Mississippi River. Throughout the years, Orleanians have added to the celebration by establishing krewes (organizations) which host parades and balls. Carnival quickly became an exciting holiday for both children and adults. Mardi Gras means "Fat Tuesday" and of course is celebrated on that day of the week. The date can fall between February 3 and March 9 depending on the Lunar calendar, used by the Catholic Church to determine the date of Easter. Mardi Gras is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.

The official colors for Mardi Gras are purple, green, and gold. These colors were chosen in 1872 by the King of Carnival, Rex. He chose these colors to stand for the following:

  • Purple represents justice
  • Green stands for faith
  • Gold stands for power

The Mardi Gras season begins on January 6 and continues until Fat Tuesday, the day before Ash Wednesday. On the Christian calendar, the twelfth day after Christmas is known as "Epiphany", "Twelfth Night", or "Kings Day." It is the day the gift-bearing Magi visited the baby Jesus, and is celebrated with its own unique rituals.

Past Royalty of the Krewe of Seville

The Krewe of Seville first participated in the Pensacola Mardi Gras celebration in 1997. Our Themes and Kings and Queens since that time have been:

  • 2020Magic Carpet RideKing Jimmy BlackQueen Rebecca Rutland
  • 2019Bad To The BoneKing Jerzy SobskiQueen Kris Sobski
  • 2018Wild Wild WestKing Dan HarriottQueen Sharon Egan
  • 2017GreaseKing Fred NeveuQueen Angela Wierzbicki
  • 2016ZORRO!King Jeremy PattersonQueen Heather Reed
  • 2015TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!King John ArmentroutQueen Cecelia McAdams
  • 2014The Great Gatsby of SevilleKing Michael WierzbickiQueen Priscilla Odum Bode
  • 2013Heroes and VillainsKing Curtis KrebsQueen Yvonne Townsend
  • 2012Divin' Deep (Under the Sea)King Jeff DavisQueen Lynette Dewberry
  • 2011Rock StarsKing John TownsendQueen Laura Orr
  • 2010Let's Ride!King Dave MoonQueen Sue Bruno
  • 2009Krewe of Seville Celebrates Pensacola's 450thKing Joe SharitQueen Sylvia Ammons
  • 2008Krewe n' Decision, Naughty or NiceKing Darrell DukeQueen Robin Sharit
  • 2007Pirates of SevilleKrewez'n for BootyKing Art ReinauerQueen Dorothy Dunaway
  • 2006Krewe in de NileKing Paul PratQueen Tracy Johnson
  • 2005Krewe in ParadiseKing Danny JohnsonQueen Mary Dickson Quina
  • 2004Krewe Gone WildKing Bruce NewmanQueen Kelley Harris
  • 2003Gypsies, Tramps, and ThievesKing Mark BrischQueen Peggy Rozman
  • 2002Goes HollywoodKing Rodney DunawayQueen Evelyn Reid
  • 2001A Space OddityKing Keith A. SimsQueen Cathe Foster
  • 2000CarnivalKing Jeff WilliamsQueen Mary Samaras
  • 1999Gilligan's IslandKing Roger MartinezQueen Elisa Miller
  • 1998Vegas ElvisQueen Jennifer Mattair, King Bill Strength
  • 1997Barbers of SevilleKing Doug MitchellQueen Lee Benton