Mardi Gras in Galveston

Parades, galas, bead-throwing and live entertainment return in February for Galveston, Texas', 99th celebration

By: By Skye Mayring

Mardi Gras Galveston // (c) 2009 Galveston

Mardi Gras Galveston // (c) 2009 Galveston

From Feb. 5-16, Galveston, Texas, will come alive with its 99th installment of Mardi Gras Galveston. The dynamic event includes 10 parades, more than 50 galas and festive events, bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment and vendors dishing up Gulf Coast cuisine. More than 200,000 people are expected to partake in this year’s celebrations.

Mardi Gras Galveston offers something for just about everyone such as a beachfront carnival, day and night parades and nightly entertainment in Historic Downtown Galveston.

“Mardi Gras Galveston is a fun event for the whole family,” said Lou Muller, executive director of the Galveston Island Park Board. “With a variety of activities taking place all across the Island, people can be a part of free parades and bead catching or splurge on a luxury gala.”

As part of the family entertainment, there are a number of beachfront and Strand parades ranging from the lavish Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade and the Krewe of Aquarius parade to a parade of pets and their owners, the Krew of Barkus and Meoux. In addition, the Children’s Parade features kid-size floats with small-fry bead throwers.

One of the most memorable aspects about Galveston’s annual celebration might be catching a performance of the Philadelphia Mummers, a 45-member band of musicians playing an assortment horn and string instruments. Dressed in ornate costumes, the band will kick off the Mardi Gras festivities on Feb. 5 and perform at various events throughout the two-week celebration.

Mardi Gras Galveston