Northwest Florida Invites Visitors to Experience Mardi Gras on the Beach

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ResortQuest joins local businesses in supporting Mardi Gras on the Beach with accommodation packages for out of town guests.

It is our desire to introduce consumers to everything the Emerald Coast has to offer throughout the year by providing special value packages that focus on the many festivals and events in our area

On February 3, 2007 thousands of people will be enjoying the beautiful white beaches and emerald green waters of the Gulf of Mexico, a bead-filled Mardi Gras Parade and the grand finale -- a Jesters' Ball in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, hosted by Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. This popular local event has also become a favorite with vacationers who come to the area to participate in this unique Mardi Gras celebration and enjoy the beauty, comfort and relaxation of a beach vacation.

The Island Parade consisting of over 70 floats will begin at 12:00 noon and travel down Okaloosa Island ending near the Emerald Coast Conference Center. The Street Festival, which will be held on Okaloosa Island, will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m. Local restaurants will be showcasing their specialties while live, down-home Louisiana style music entertains the crowd. A variety of arts and craft booths and family activities all come together to create a unique Mardi Gras celebration -- beach style! Transportation will be provided to shuttle visitors to all the festivities.

Topping off the events of the day is a Mardi Gras Jesters' Ball. The Jester's Ball starts at 8:00 p.m. and goes until 1:00 a.m. As your eyes feast on the wonderful assortment of Mardi Gras decorations and costumes, your ears will delight in the wonderful sounds of some of Louisiana's favorite musicians performing in true Cajun style. When you can get your feet to stop dancing, you won't want to miss the "Taste of Mardi Gras" extravaganza sponsored by local restaurants. A cash bar, carnival rides, tarot card readings and true "Carnival" atmosphere will be all around you.

In conjunction with local businesses and community volunteers, ResortQuest is supporting the efforts of the Fort Walton Beach Chamber by offering a special Mardi Gras Vacation Package for out of town visitors who would like to experience this unique event. "While our emerald green water, beautiful beaches, wide assortment of water sports and great selection of vacation rentals in Fort Walton Beach and Destin are well known by visitors familiar with the Emerald Coast, our area also hosts many diverse events and festivals that are fun for the whole family" explained Vickie Warner Marketing & Sales Manager of ResortQuest Northwest Florida which offers over 3,300 beach vacation rentals on the Emerald Coast in Northwest Florida. "It is our desire to introduce consumers to everything the Emerald Coast has to offer throughout the year by providing special value packages that focus on the many festivals and events in our area".

About ResortQuest

ResortQuest, one of the nation's leading vacation rental and resort real estate companies, provides a one-stop resource in North America's premier resort destinations, ResortQuest.com. ResortQuest is the largest marketer and management company of vacation condominiums and vacation rentals in the U.S. and Canada, based on a portfolio of nearly 17,000 properties, from Outer Banks vacation rentals to Destin condos, with a combined real estate value estimated at approximately $7 billion. ResortQuest Real Estate is one of the nation's leading real estate companies focusing exclusively on resort properties, offering superior brokerage services in the country's premier beach, ski and golf destinations. ResortQuest employs more than 4,000 people and is owned and operated by Gaylord Entertainment Co. (NYSE: GET), one of the largest and fastest growing companies in the hospitality and entertainment industries, based in Nashville, Tenn., that also owns and operates Gaylord Hotels and the Grand Ole Opry. For more information, visit ResortQuest.com or GaylordEntertainment.com.

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