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Mardi Gras 2015 is Tuesday, February 17

Galveston Mardi Gras Parade & Events Calendar

With 20 krewes participating 15 or so parades, and nearly a quarter of a million people passing through town over two weekends, Galveston’s Mardi Gras parades can be massive undertakings.  Most of the parades take place in and around the 15 square blocks of the "Uptown Entertainment District” bounded by Harborside Dr. and Mechanic Street (between 20th and 25th Streets).

Daytime parades (including the children’s parade) tend to run along Seawall Blvd., providing a safe and open area for spectators.


Click Here to view the Galveston Uptown Entertainment District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar


Click Here to view the Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar


2014 Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

1st Weekend

Saturday, February 22, 2014

12.00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 26th annual Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade

Galveston Seawall (from 14th & Seawall Blvd. to 59th Street)

26th annual parade featuring over 80 units including 20 high school marching bands; 160 costumed Krewe members and the regal Aquarius royal court. Participating Krewes will be "Thalasar", Bacchus of Texas, Krewe DuLac and Krewe of Boudreaux.


6.00pm
Krewe of Gambrinus Parade

Galveston Seawall  (from 23rd St. and Seawall Blvd. to Central City Blvd.)

King Gambrinus throws a party for 200,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws with giant searchlights lighting up the night. Open and free to the public!



2nd Weekend

Saturday, March 1, 2014

11.00am
Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade

Galveston Seawall (starts at Kempner Park 27th and Ave N - down 27th to Seawall – down Seawall Blvd. to 31st - down 31st street to Holy Rosary Catholic Church)

Battle of the Bands begins at 9:00, and the parade begins at 11:00.  There will be an after party with all types of cultural food booths, more bead throwing, music, and fun. This is a family oriented parade with lots of high stepping marching bands from Houston and Galveston with lots of bead, trinkets, and even some food throws. Info: Valerie Clouser-McHenry (713) 494-9746


6.30pm
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

Galveston Seawall (starts at 23rd and Seawall Blvd. - turns right on 25th Street - continues to Mechanic Street - turns right on Mechanic Street to 21st Street - left on 21st to The Strand - left on Strand - ends at the Railroad Museum)

Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature floats, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

1.00pm
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade

Galveston Seawall (begins at 28th and Seawall Blvd.- proceeds west to 47thStreet  and the Academy parking lot)

Bringing out the best in people and their pets, this parade begins at 28th and Seawall and proceeds west to 47thStreet, to the Academy parking lot. Pets of all sizes, shapes, and species are welcome (costumes optional). Registration begins at 11:00am and the pre- parade costume contest begins at 11:30, with the winners making up the Royal Court.
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2.00pm
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade

Galveston Seawall (Begins at 27th Street and Seawall Blvd. - and proceeds to 47th Street and the Academy parking lot)

Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. Costumed kids and decorated floats. Begins at 27th Street and Seawall, and proceeds to 47th Street to the Academy parking lot.




 

2014 Galveston Uptown Entertainment District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

1st Weekend

Friday, February 21, 2014

5.00pm
Party Gras! Procession

Location TBD

Dixieland jazz band walking procession. To kick-off a parade in honor of George Black and Donald Schattel Sr. (posthumously).


5.30pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony

In front of The Tremont House

Award to George Black and Donald Schattel Sr. (posthumously); followed by a cocktail reception and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade.


7.00 pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade

Beginning at The Tremont House

The George P. Mitchell Parade Honoring the 2014 recipients, will begin with the Budweiser Clydesdales, Ball High School Marching Band and festive floats and parade through the Historic Strand District on the kick off night of Mardi Gras!


8.30pm
Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade

Downtown Entertainment District

The 4th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This free event offers families, friends, corporate groups, organizations and individuals a chance to do a little dance, have a lot of fun and get down tonight. This includes the 1st Annual Official Umbrella Decorating Contest of Mardi Gras. You are invited to submit an original decorated umbrella to be voted on by the public via the Mardi Gras

Rregistration
2014 Official Umbrella Decorating Contest Form


10.00pm
Krewe da’ Yaga’s Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Rounding out the first night of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2014, Krewe da’ Yaga’s Café makes its return with a parade full of Yaga’s Café family of the past, present and future. This is one not to be missed. Board shorts and flip flops required!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

11.00am
Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Run for Fun!

Downtown Historic District 21st and Strand Galveston , TX 77550

Join us for the 103rd celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston by galloping through the Historical Strand District (with an optional stick pony). The first 500 gallopers will be given jester hats and a jester themed rug shirt to perform the whimsical event (colorful leggings might be a good call).
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12:00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Our 26th annual parade featuring over 80 units including 20 high school marching bands. The colorful pageantry of the popular parade will spotlight 160 costumed Krewe members and the regal Aquarius royal court. Participating Krewes will be "Thalasar", Bacchus of Texas, Krewe DuLac and Krewe of Boudreaux. For the best and most beads do not miss this one!


3.00pm
Clear Channel Rock The Block Parade

Strand
Tune into this rockin’ parade as the Clear Channel Krewe cruises down Strand! A BIG thank you to Clear Channel, 94.5 The BUZZ, Sunny 99.1, and 93.7 The Arrow.


4.00pm
Zaniest Golf Cart & Art Car Parade

Entertainment District

The Zaniest (decorated) Golf Cart Parade. This parade is another great chance for friends and family to get together and participate in this interactive display of the zany spirit of Mardi Gras! Galveston. Free Entertainment District entry to all participants of the parade. The streets of Galveston will be transformed into a whimsical pallet as the art cars return to Mardi Gras! Galveston. The parade will feature fun, wacky, Art Cars cruising down the Strand. This parade is sure to inspire the artist in us all!
Registration
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6.00pm
Krewe of Gambrinus Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

King Gambrinus throws a party for 200,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws with giant searchlights lighting up the night.


10.30pm
Build Your Own Krewe Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Build your own Krewe and ride in a Mardi Gras parade complete with float, beads, driver, balcony party and entry into Mardi Gras! Galveston. Join this parade and get your ticket to ride.
Contact
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Sunday, February 23, 2014

11.00 am
Family Gras!

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Free Entertainment District Entry. The Entertainment District will be free to the public for a Family Gras celebration. Donations will be taken at the gate to benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. We encourage you to bring the whole family down for the 2 parades, live music, vendors and more!


12.00pm
Jr. Jester Jaunt! 1K Run/Walk

The race begins at 21st Strand and continues around the Historic Strand District.
Check-in at 10.30am at 20th and Strand.

The Jr. Jester Jaunt 1K is a great way for the entire family to have fun together, get some exercise, and an early start to the Family Gras activities, all while showing their support for the incredible kids at Shriners Hospitals for Children and The Sunshine Kids! Walking, running or strolling are encouraged at this non-competitive, non-timed event for all ages! 100% of your entry fee will go to support the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
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1.00pm
Sunshine Kids Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Bring out the entire family for a day full of Sunshine. The Sunshine Kids Parade will begin at 1:00pm with festive floats and the Ball High School Marching Band. The Sunshine Kids is an organization that provides activities for children with cancer.


3.00pm
Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Part of Family Gras. Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospital for Children will become a part of the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities with floats, Ball High School Marching Band, and Shriners Clowns and Mini-Cars!



2nd Weekend

Friday, February 28, 2014

7.00pm
Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Danny Weber, Sr. was a lifelong Galvestonian who spent over 30 years in the Galveston Fire Department as he worked his way through the ranks, eventually becoming Fire Chief. After he retired, still wishing to serve the community he loved, he ran for City Council, serving three terms as the District 5 Representative. Danny was a devoted family man and a good friend to all who knew him. This parade is dedicated to Danny because of his love for his community, fire department, and Mardi Gras! Galveston.


8.00 pm
Krewe Babalu All-Krewe Parade

Parade will begin at 25th and Mechanics Row; it will then continue down Mechanics to 21st Street, go left on 21st to the Strand, and then go left on Strand back to 25th Street.

Krewe Babalu of Galveston, a non-profit organization kicks off its 8th annual All- Krewe Parade. Many of Galveston Island's krewes will again participate and be covered by generous amount of beads and throws. This year the Dynamo Girls from Houston will be the Honorary Grand Marshalls of this year’s parade and will be available to sign calendars after the parade at our balcony party.


9.30pm
Krewe Maximillan Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side and join Krewe of Maximillan as they roll into Galveston and down the Strand.


Saturday, March 1, 2014

1.00pm
Z Krewe 19th Z Processional

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.


2.30pm
Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade

20th St. & Harborside Dr. to Strand st.; then right on Strand St. to 25th St.; then left onto 25th St. to Mechanic St.; left onto Mechanic St. to 20th St.; then left onto 20t St. h to Harborside Dr.; then left onto Harborside Dr. to 21st St., then right onto 21st St.

Hot off the press! This Neauxs Krewe will be rolling down Strand at 2:30pm tossing more than newspapers. Houston Chronicle is the 6th largest newspaper in the United States and a PROUD sponsor of Mardi Gras! Galveston.


4.30pm
Sysco Parade

Parade starts at 23rd and Seawall Boulevard, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 21st Street, left on 21stto The Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum.


6.30pm
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

Parade starts at 23rd and Seawall Boulevard, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 21st Street, left on 21stto The Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum.

Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature floats, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more.



MARDI GRAS DAY

FAT TUESDAY, March 4th, 2014

6.30pm
Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade

Parade starts at 23rd and Seawall Boulevard, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 21st Street, left on 21stto The Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum.

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius presents "Fat Tuesday" at 6:30pm in the Strand District and historic downtown. Each year this grand parade in the final hours of Mardi Gras the Krewe's of Gambrinus, Babalu, Thalasar, Baccus and Z Krewe join Aquarius for the revelry. The parade will feature marching bands, dance teams and dozens of lighted floats. Come enjoy one of Galveston's most popular parades.


Mardi Gras Galveston calendar information provided courtesy of Mardi Gras Galveston and the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau.


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