Home

BECOME A FAN OF OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

 

 

 

Galveston, tx - bits & bobs

  • Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration welcomes as many as 250,000 revelers annually.


 

Galveston | Daytime Activities | Dining


Mardi Gras 2016 is Tuesday, February 9th

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 Strand District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar




2016 Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

 

1st Weekend

Saturday, January 30, 2016
12.00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade

57th & Seawall to the Strand District, Galveston, TX

The 30th annual Aquarius Seawall parade will once again wind its way down the seawall to 25th street where it will turn to downtown for trip down Mechanic and Strand streets.
Website: www.kreweofaquarius.org


6.00pm
Krewe of Gambrinus Parade

57th & Seawall to the Strand District, Galveston, TX

King Gambrinus throws a party for 300,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws. Searchlights will “Light Up the Night” as the parade processes down Seawall blvd from 57th Street to 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue), then heads North on Rosenberg Avenue as Gambrinus Goes to Town in the fabulous Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment district. Mechanic Street and The Famous Strand will be packed with revelers who will enjoy the 12 Lighted Floats and Marching Bands as well as many other entries.




2nd Weekend

 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

9.00am
Krewe d' Esprit Rosaire Battle of the Bands

Non-Strand - Kermit Courville Stadium, 2702 Avenue N, Galveston, TX


Pre parade battle of the bands with many marching bands from Houston-Galveston area will perform and the outstanding groups will be awarded the coveted trophy. Come out and cheer for your favorite Marching Band



11.00am
Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade

Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX

The Krewe’s annual festivities begins at 9am at the Public School Stadium Parking lot, 27th & Ave L., with the back by popular demand “Battle of the Bands”, to include local and Houston area bands. The Parade will present Krewe Royalty, motorcycle groups, drill teams, dancers, ROTC, boats and much more, and will kick off at 11am from Kempner Park, 27th and Ave N. From there, it proceeds to Seawall, down Seawall, right onto 31st street, down Ave N, left onto 27th and end at Jack Johnson Park – 27th and Avenue M.

At Jack Johnson Park, immediately following parade, the “Yard Party” will begin! More bead throwing, more music and food and drinks for sale and plenty of FUN! Come out and join us for a day full of family-friendly outings.
Info: Valmac2001@aol.com


3.00pm
Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party

Non-strand - 2317 Mechanic, Galveston TX

Island ETC invites you to its annual Mardi Gras Parade Watching Party, Saturday, February 6, 3pm to midnight.  Dinner will be served at 6pm.  Tickets are $100 person.

Admission includes plenty of beer, wine, set-ups, a Cajun-style catered dinner, and a wristband that will allow you to move in and out of the protected gated area and onto the streets with the masses.
Only a limited number of tickets will be sold, so purchase your tickets early.


6.00pm
A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party

The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX

Mardi Gras at The Tremont House will have a little more maroon this year, as the hotel transitions its famous Mardi Gras ball to a new event benefitting Texas A&M University at Galveston in memory of hotel owner and 1940 Texas A&M University graduate George P. In tribute to Mitchell, The George P. Mitchell Society of Texas A&M University at Galveston is now the beneficiary and host of this legendary party which had been presented by George and Cynthia Mitchell and the Mitchell family since its start in 1985. The A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party will take place entirely in the Tremont Ballroom and offer dinner, open bar, live music and a premier view of the Momus Grand Night Parade as it passes in front of the hotel. Guests will have the option to watch the parade from the ballroom balcony or on the street level in a gated viewing area. The Tremont House is donating the venue, staff and food and beverages enabling all proceeds to benefit the school.

Click here for tickets


6.30pm
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade


25th & Seawall to the Strand District, Galveston, TX


Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature floats, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more. Parade starts at 23rd and Seawall Boulevard, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 20th Street, left on 20th to The Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum.


Click Here to view the Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar



2016 Galveston Strand District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

1st Weekend

Friday, January 29, 2016
5.30pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation

The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, Galveston, TX

Presented by The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez.  Award ceremony will be held in front of the Tremont House at 5:30pm followed by a cocktail reception and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade.


7.00pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Parade Honoring Douglas Matthews


The Tremont House, Strand District, Galveston, TX

The George P. Mitchell Parade Honoring Douglas Matthews will begin at 7:00pm from The Tremont House with festive floats parading through the Historic Strand District on the kick off night of Mardi Gras! Galveston Friday, 29, 2016.


8.00pm
Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

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.
Registration: http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/pdf/2016%20Umbrella%20Registration%20Form.pdf  


10.00pm
Krewe da Yaga’s Parade


Strand District, Galveston, TX


Krewe da’ Yaga’s Café makes its return with a parade full of Yaga’s Café family of the past, present and future.
Email: sflores@yagaspresents.com for more information.


Saturday, January 30, 2016
11.00am
Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K


Strand District, Galveston, TX

Join us for the 105th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston taking part in the Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K.

ALL runners will receive:  Access to all the Mardi Gras festivities in the Entertainment District - headline concerts on 2 stages, 4 parades including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius and Krewe of Gambrinus parades and more!

For more information: http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/parades.asp#/?i=1


1.00pm
5th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Why stop with a world record-breaking umbrella parade when you can have 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. 


Download Registration Form Here: http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/pdf/2016_Golf_Cart_Registration_Form.pdf


3.00pm
Krewe d'iHeartMedia Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Tune into this rockin’ parade as the Krewe D'iHeartMedia Parade cruises down the Strand!


Sunday, January 31, 2016
1.00pm
Sunshine Kids Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX


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


3.00pm
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Galveston Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Family Gras continues at 3:00pm with the Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade. Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospital for Children will become a part of the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities with floats, and Shriners Clowns and Mini-Cars!

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Galveston Parade Additions:
·      FREE access to family parades
·      Parade will be held in downtown Galveston
·      Come see the world famous Clydesdales!




2nd Weekend (Strand)

Friday, February 5, 2016
7.00pm
Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

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.


8.00pm
Krewe Babalu 11th Annual All Krewe Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Come watch the 11th Annual parade. This parade is packed with more beads per foot than any other. See it twice. Once from Mechanics Row and then from the Strand. Come load up on beads!!!


9.30pm
Krewe of Maximilian Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Parade details coming soon.


Saturday, February 6, 2016
1.00pm
Z Krewe 22nd Z Processional

Strand District, Galveston, TX

The annual Zanie Procession is held through the Historic Strand District along Mechanic Street from 25th to 20th and back up the Strand. Hundreds of Zanies throw their "best beads" to the crowds. The parade features bands, military units and zany revelers from other clubs, and is led by Big Daddy and Big Momma followed by King and Queen Zanie and their royal Zoots and Zaftigs.


2.30pm
Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade

Strand District, Galveson, TX

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
Les Bon Temps Roule Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Parade details coming soon.




Sunday, February 7, 2016

1.00pm
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade


(starts at 20th & Harborside, Galveston, TX)

The 18th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sunday, February 7, 2016 -  beginning at 1pm.

Promoting the theme "For Your Paws Only,” this year's parade will relocate to the historic Strand area in downtown Galveston. The parade will stage in the giant parking lot area of 20th/21st and Harborside Drive (between Willie G's and The Harbor House Hotel.)  The parade will commence on 20th Street at Harborside Drive and continue south on 20th Street to the Strand; west to 25th Street; turning south to Ship's Mechanic Row; east to 20th Street and disband at Pier 20 just past  Harborside Drive. This year's parade route has been shortened to 12 blocks (from 17 blocks previously.)

Parade Marshalls and Queen of the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade is Christi Jensen, winner of the 2015 PAWS Gala Elite Pet Owner contest and her "Roscoe", winner of the coveted Pet of the Year title. Sponsored by and benefitting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), proceeds from the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will be dedicated to the shelter’s on-going Spay/Neuter assistance programs, including their “Fix a Pit” and the feral cat TNR programs. Last year the parade hosted over 300 pets in this fun, family Mardi Gras event.

Advance registration is $20 per pet - if pre-registered by close of business on Wednesday, February 3rd. Day- of- parade registration is $30 per pet. Check in and on-site registration will begin at 11am at 21st and Harborside Drive  (between Willie G's Restaurant and the Harbor House Hotel.

Participants must provide a current rabies certificate to verify that vaccinations are up to date for each pet. All walking pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet - No retractable leashes will be allowed. Parade attendees are asked not to throw candy as it could be harmful to pets if swallowed. Both pets and pet owners are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras costume. The popular costume contest will be held from 11:30 – 12:30. Staging will be in this same area.  

Winners of the contest will be announced and ribbons awarded prior to the start of the parade.  For more information and to register, visitwww.galvestonhumane.org or call 409.740.1919.


2.00pm
Mardi Gras Children's Parade


Downtown Galveston, Galveston TX
(starts and ends at 25th & Mechanic)

Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The 2016 parade marches on with costumed kids and decorated floats. Click here for route map.




mardi gras day - the Strand

FAT TUESDAY, February 9, 2016

6.30pm-8.00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 20th Annual Fat Tuesday

Strand District, Galveston, TX
Everyone's favorite parade will roll through downtown in the final hours of the 2016 Mardi Gras celebration. This all Krewe event will feature 8 marching bands and the Krewe's of Gambrinus, Momus, Babalu, ZKrewe, Thalasar,
Lighthouse Krewe, and much more


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


The Strand Calendar | Seawall Calendar




Galveston | Daytime Activities | Dining


Galveston Feature Stories

Art & Architecture- Dead Tree Sculptures, Artist Boat Kayak Tours, and the Bishop's Palace.

Galveston's Dining Delights - Dining Culture & Local Favorites in Gulf Coast Texas

Galveston History - The People and Events That Made Galveston Famous

Mardi Gras Galveston - Enjoy the Parties and Parades During Carnival in Galveston


Share/Bookmark