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.

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:

2022 Buzzin' with Seville Queen Cathy Saunders King Ric Moore
2022 Buzzin' with Seville
Queen Cathy Saunders
King Ric Moore
2022 Buzzin' with Seville Queen Cathy Saunders   King Ric Moore
2020 Magic Carpet Ride Queen Rebecca Holladay King Jimmy Black
2020 Magic Carpet Ride
Queen Rebecca Holladay
King Jimmy Black
2020 Magic Carpet Ride Queen Rebecca Holladay   King Jimmy Black
2019 Bad To The Bone Queen Kris Sobski King Jerzy Sobski
2019 Bad To The Bone
Queen Kris Sobski
King Jerzy Sobski
2019 Bad To The Bone Queen Kris Sobski   King Jerzy Sobski
2018 Wild Wild West Queen Sharon Egan King Dan Harriott
2018 Wild Wild West
Queen Sharon Egan
King Dan Harriott
2018 Wild Wild West Queen Sharon Egan   King Dan Harriott
2017 Grease Queen Angela Wierzbicki King Fred Neveu
2017 Grease
Queen Angela Wierzbicki
King Fred Neveu
2017 Grease Queen Angela Wierzbicki   King Fred Neveu
2016 Zorro! Queen Heather Reed King Jeremy Patterson
2016 Zorro!
Queen Heather Reed
King Jeremy Patterson
2016 Zorro! Queen Heather Reed   King Jeremy Patterson
2015 TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! Queen Cecelia McAdams King John Armentrout
2015 TOGA! TOGA! TOGA!
Queen Cecelia McAdams
King John Armentrout
2015 TOGA! TOGA! TOGA! Queen Cecelia McAdams   King John Armentrout
2014 The Great Gatsby of Seville Queen Priscilla Odum Bode King Michael Wierzbicki
2014 The Great Gatsby of Seville
Queen Priscilla Odum Bode
King Michael Wierzbicki
2014 The Great Gatsby of Seville Queen Priscilla Odum Bode   King Michael Wierzbicki
2013 Heroes and Villains Queen Yvonne Townsend King Curtis Krebs
2013 Heroes and Villains
Queen Yvonne Townsend
King Curtis Krebs
2013 Heroes and Villains Queen Yvonne Townsend   King Curtis Krebs
2012 Divin' Deep (Under the Sea) Queen Lynette Dewberry King Jeff Davis
2012 Divin' Deep (Under the Sea)
Queen Lynette Dewberry
King Jeff Davis
2012 Divin' Deep (Under the Sea) Queen Lynette Dewberry   King Jeff Davis
2011 Rock Stars Queen Laura Orr King John Townsend
2011 Rock Stars
Queen Laura Orr
King John Townsend
2011 Rock Stars Queen Laura Orr   King John Townsend
2010 Let's Ride! Queen Sue Bruno King Dave Moon
2010 Let's Ride!
Queen Sue Bruno
King Dave Moon
2010 Let's Ride! Queen Sue Bruno   King Dave Moon
2009 Krewe of Seville Celebrates Pensacola's 450th Queen Sylvia Ammons King Joe Sharit
2009 Krewe of Seville Celebrates Pensacola's 450th
Queen Sylvia Ammons
King Joe Sharit
2009 Krewe of Seville Celebrates Pensacola's 450th Queen Sylvia Ammons   King Joe Sharit
2008 Krewe n' Decision, Naughty or Nice Queen Robin Sharit King Darrell Duke
2008 Krewe n' Decision, Naughty or Nice
Queen Robin Sharit
King Darrell Duke
2008 Krewe n' Decision, Naughty or Nice Queen Robin Sharit   King Darrell Duke
2007 Pirates of Seville Krewez'n for Booty Queen Dorothy Dunaway King Art Reinauer
2007 Pirates of Seville Krewez'n for Booty
Queen Dorothy Dunaway
King Art Reinauer
2007 Pirates of Seville Krewez'n for Booty Queen Dorothy Dunaway   King Art Reinauer
2006 Krewe in de Nile Queen Tracy Johnson King Paul Prat
2006 Krewe in de Nile
Queen Tracy Johnson
King Paul Prat
2006 Krewe in de Nile Queen Tracy Johnson   King Paul Prat
2005 Krewe in Paradise Queen Mary Dickson Quina King Danny Johnson
2005 Krewe in Paradise
Queen Mary Dickson Quina
King Danny Johnson
2005 Krewe in Paradise Queen Mary Dickson Quina   King Danny Johnson
2004 Krewe Gone Wild Queen Kelley Harris King Bruce Newman
2004 Krewe Gone Wild
Queen Kelley Harris
King Bruce Newman
2004 Krewe Gone Wild Queen Kelley Harris   King Bruce Newman
2003 Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves Queen Peggy Rozman King Mark Brisch
2003 Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
Queen Peggy Rozman
King Mark Brisch
2003 Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves Queen Peggy Rozman   King Mark Brisch
2002 Goes Hollywood Queen Evelyn Reid King Rodney Dunaway
2002 Goes Hollywood
Queen Evelyn Reid
King Rodney Dunaway
2002 Goes Hollywood Queen Evelyn Reid   King Rodney Dunaway
2001 A Space Oddity Queen Cathe Foster King Keith A. Sims
2001 A Space Oddity
Queen Cathe Foster
King Keith A. Sims
2001 A Space Oddity Queen Cathe Foster   King Keith A. Sims
2000 Carnival Queen Mary Samaras King Jeff Williams
2000 Carnival
Queen Mary Samaras
King Jeff Williams
2000 Carnival Queen Mary Samaras   King Jeff Williams
1999 Gilligan's Island Queen Elisa Miller King Roger Martinez
1999 Gilligan's Island
Queen Elisa Miller
King Roger Martinez
1999 Gilligan's Island Queen Elisa Miller   King Roger Martinez
1998 Vegas Elvis Queen Jennifer Mattair King Bill Strength
1998 Vegas Elvis
Queen Jennifer Mattair
King Bill Strength
1998 Vegas Elvis Queen Jennifer Mattair   King Bill Strength
1997 Barbers of Seville Queen Lee Benton King Doug Mitchell
1997 Barbers of Seville
Queen Lee Benton
King Doug Mitchell
1997 Barbers of Seville Queen Lee Benton   King Doug Mitchell