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Moment with the Mayor

Looking for an overview on all of the exciting things happening in Pensacola? Check out the video series "Moment with the Mayor," a monthly message that shares hot topics and other noteworthy events.

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Moment with the Mayor

Senior Business Executives Train with the Blue Angels Foundation and National Flight Academy

In all areas of life, progress is not perfectly linear. Inevitably, even top-performers will encounter setbacks and reach plateaus. What sets truly elite individuals and organizations apart is how they respond to setbacks and extreme challenges. The best use these events as inspiration and catalysts for improvement, but there can be risks. That is why many of the world’s most elite teams opt for a preemptive alternative- immersion training.

Whether you’re celebrating a recent success or facing a new challenge, immersive team training can be a very cost efficient and low risk. The most effective immersive training events create demanding, out-of-the-box situations that require the team to optimize their Performance Triad (Passion, Free Will, and Focus), oriented culture, and strengthen the execution basics of planning, briefing, debriefing, communication, and trust.

In this spirit, we were thrilled to join the Blue Angels Foundation at the National Flight Academy in Pensacola Florida for a special immersion training event conducted for 30 senior executives of one of the top 50 Fortune 500 companies.

To read more, click here

Blue Angels and National Flight Academy
Pensacola Mardi Gras - Grand Mardi Gras Parade

Grand Mardi Gras Parade

Saturday, February 25th, grab the family, friends, and a bag to hold all of your moon pies because it's time for the Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade!

The parade features most of the Krewes from the Pensacola area, local organizations, companies, and everything else from school marching bands to scout groups. Chairs to sit in and wagons for the kids are welcome.

The parade will follow the standard parade route for Downtown Pensacola, beginning on Garden Street, and continuing down Palafox. The festivities begin at 2PM, so come have some fun and catch some beads. 
Pensacola Opera Pop Up Show

Pensacola Opera Pop Up Show

The Pensacola Opera invites you to come see their artists in residence perform well-known opera melodies at 1:45PM at the Pensacola Visitor's Center on Gregory Street on March 2nd.

This performance is a part of their free "Pop Up Performances". These performances take place just before the start of Beach Bum Trolley’s Historic Pensacola Tours.

Stop by for some opera and then jump on a trolley for a tour afterwards. Trolley tour tickets are available for purchase at the Visitors Information Center.

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Bayou Hills Run

Bayou Hills Run

Great views, challenging courses, and a family-friendly atmosphere are in store at the Bayou Hills Run at Bayview Park on Saturday, March 4th.

The event is hosted by Creative Learning Academy, and includes a 10K, 5K, and a one mile kids run.

Medals and prizes are awarded for overall winners, as well as first, second, and third place in sixteen age categories for men and women. There will be food, fun, and more for the race after party. The race kicks off at 7:30AM, and the kids run begins at 8:45AM.

Registration is going on now. To register, visit the Bayou Hills Run website

Relay For Life Food Truck Rally

Relay for Life Food Truck Rally

Looking for a fun way to support your local Relay for Life? Come down to Plaza De Luna on Saturday, March 4th for a food truck rally, hosted by Relay for Life of Pensacola

The event will begin at 11AM, and will continue until 3PM. There will be great food trucks to purchase lunch from, yoga, relay races, live music, and more!

A percentage of the proceeds will go to benefit Relay for Life of Pensacola. Come out to enjoy the day and support your local Relay for Life. Visit the event page here to learn more.
Soccer Camp

Free Kids Soccer Camp

The City of Pensacola Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Soccer4Life to offer a free soccer camp at Legion Field (1301 W Gregory St.) on Saturday, March 4th from 10AM to 12PM.

The camp is for children between the ages of 5 and 14. All skill levels are welcome. This is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the sport of soccer.

Attendees should bring a water bottle, wear sunscreen, and also wear athletic shoes. Cleats are not required. For more information, call (850) 435-1751, or email City Recreation Area Manager, Justin Pierce, at 

Instagram: Photo of the Week

Instagram: Photo of the Week

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@cityofpensacola. Your image could be featured in the next UPwords newsletter. We'd love to see your photos! Photo credit: @nickibrask

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