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Celebrate Pensacola

Celebrate Pensacola, Inc. is a non-profit organization that organized a festival commemorating the 450th anniversary of Don Tristan de Luna's 1559 expedition that established Pensacola as the first European settlement in the United States. The celebration ran for a total of for 450 days, from May 23, 2008 to August 15, 2009. Among other events, Pensacola received a visit by Spanish royalty on February 19, 2009.

Celebrate Pensacola


Established November 17, 2006[1]
Executive co-chairs Coy Irvin, Jr.
Maria Davis

The organization was set to reconvene in 2014 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Naval aviation in Pensacola.



Bishop John Ricard leads a prayer at the Celebrate Pensacola kick-off party.

Plaza de Luna statueEdit

Among the initiatives planned by Celebrate Pensacola was a proposed statue of Tristan de Luna to be erected in the City's recently finished Plaza de Luna park at the southern terminus of Palafox Street. The statue would feature a 9-foot sculpture of de Luna atop a 44-foot pedestal. (The idea had first been proposed by the Fiesta of Five Flags organization in 2002.[2]) Event planners initially hoped the City of Pensacola would contribute $150,000 of the $700,000 cost, but the City Council demurred by a 5-4 vote, citing budget restraints.[3]


Executive committeeEdit

Education CommitteeEdit

Fundraising CommitteeEdit

Heritage CommitteeEdit

Marketing CommitteeEdit

Military CommitteeEdit

New Events CommitteeEdit

Religious History CommitteeEdit

Special Projects CommitteeEdit

VIP CommitteeEdit

Other imagesEdit

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  1. entry
  2. "De Luna statue proposed for Bayfront park." Pensacola News Journal, March 11, 2002.
  3. Mark O'Brien. "Fortunately, some council members stand tall against bad statue idea." Pensacola News Journal, November 16, 2007.