Panama City Beach Mardi Gras

A pile of discarded beads and other trash lie in the gutter along Bourbon Street as revelers continue to celebrate Mardi Gras in the hurricane devastated city of New Orleans Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2006. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL --- Besides the Saints, New Orleans is probably best known for its "Mardi Gras" celebrations, but Panama City Beach is now challenging the big easy with a Mardi Gras Celebration of it's own.

Rain delayed things a bit Friday morning at Pier Park, but by the afternoon, floats were running and vendors were starting to sell Cajun food, drinks and Mardi Gras paraphernalia.

The party runs until midnight with fireworks at 10:00 on Friday night.

"Other than looks like the rain is gone so please come on out we are going to have a good time. It is a family event so we want everyone to come. All of the merchants here at Pier Park and restaurants are going to be open and other locations and shops will be open for you to enjoy. So we are hoping for a big crowd and it looks like the weather is cooperating and we are really happy about that," says John Dunaway one of the Organizers.

Saturday's events include a kid's and pet's parade at 10am.

The actual Mardi Gras parade starts at 2p.m. at Seahaven Condominiums on Front Beach Road, and wind it's way through Pier Park.