Mardi Gras Galveston is just around the corner! From January 29th to February 9th, the Strand will be alive with Mardi Gras festivities: parades, krewes, beaded and feathered masks, costumes, carnival rides, and balls. Not to mention, all the beads and bright lights!
Mardi Gras Galveston is the largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas, and the third largest in the country. Festival organizers note that 3 million beads will be thrown at this year’s festivities. With a total of 30 live performers, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties, and five elegant masked balls, organizers expect 300,000 attendees this year.
Galveston’s first Mardi Gras celebration took place in 1867. It featured a masked ball at Turner Hall (Sealy at 21st St.) and a theatrical performance from Shakespeare’s “King Henry IV” featuring Alvan Reed (a justice of the peace weighing in at 350 pounds!) as Falstaff. The joyous girth of Falstaff is appropriate for Mardi Gras, which has its origins in celebrating before fasting. However, in contemporary times, it is associated with midwinter festivities. Come celebrate!
The Strand will be alive with the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, Krewe Gambrinus and Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade. They will stroll and ride into the Entertainment District. There are Balcony Party tickets; holders can watch the parade from a balcony, allowing them take in all that Mardi Gras has to offer simultaneously.
Not only that, but the 5th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade will also be held. Golf Cart parade entries receive free entry into the Entertainment District. The winner of Best Decorated Golf Cart gets free Balcony Party passes.
Mardi Gras! Galveston is not all about beads, costumes, libations, and parades, however. The 105th Mardi Gras Galveston Official 5K Run will be held as well for athletes and workout enthusiasts. Entrants run through the Entertainment District.Back to all posts