Downtown Pensacola - Fiestas, Festivals and French Architecture - Could you have more fun than watching the merriment of costume clad people tossing candy and beads? Every summer Pensacolians line the downtown streets for the Fiesta of Five Flags procession and parade. And every summer I do my best to be in town to catch the goodies during the Fiesta festivities!
The parade route winds its way through the center of downtown Pensacola, passing bystanders on the street and merry makers lining the balconies of upstairs New Orleans style condos and apartments. The parade usually boasts twenty or more floats, McGuire's bagpipe marching band, twirlers, and more.
This year marks the 59th Fiesta of Five Flags. The event started in the 1940s as a way to promote tourism. It marks the landing on Pensacola Beach of Spanish explorer Don Tristan DeLuna and the history of the five flags that have flown over the city; Spanish, French, English, the Confederacy and the United States. The various activites making up today's year round Festival are truly too numerous to list, but include a sand castle contest, a crawfish festival, a treasure hunt, boat parade and seafood festival.
Pensacola's downtown core has a mix of single family homes and condominiums with numerous neighborhoods featuring historic homes as well as newer homes in a variety of historic styles. Real estate prices in the downtown area have not declined as they have in some other areas as there have been several popular revitalization efforts, like the Aragon neighborhood.
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