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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

2015 Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar


1st Weekend

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Annual Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade

Galveston Seawall (from 57th & Seawall to The Strand District)

Featuring spectacular floats and 15 marching bands1, plus 175 costumed Krewe members throwing special anniversary beads and cups during this a 3-hour parade which ends in the Strand Historic District.

Krewe of Gambrinus Parade

Galveston Seawall to The Strand District
(the parade processes down Seawall Blvd from 57th Street to 25th Street (Rosenberg Avenue), then heads North on Rosenberg Avenue)

King Gambrinus throws a party for 300,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws and giant searchlights that light up the night. Open and free to the public!

The parade will include 12 Lighted Floats, Marching Bands, and many other entries. Don’t miss this year as King Gambrinus XXV and HRH the Queen celebrate the Silver Anniversary.

2nd Weekend

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade

Galveston Seawall
(starts at the Public School Stadium Parking lot at 27th & Ave L.)

The ever-popular “Battle of the Bands” starts at 9:00am and will include local and Houston area bands.

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.

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 Johnson Park there will be an after party (the "Yard Party") with all types of cultural food booths, more bead throwing, music, and fun.

Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

Galveston Seawall to The Strand District
(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, February 15, 2014

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade

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

Bringing out the best in people and their pets, In this parade 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.

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 kids of Galveston. The parade features costumed children ( of all ages) and decorated floats. 

Click Here to view the Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

2015 Galveston Strand District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

1st Weekend

Friday, February 6, 2015

Party Gras! Procession

The Strand District
2300 Mechanic Street (Tremont House)

The Lidstone Family, along with members of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius celebrate the George Mitchell Mardi Gras Award with a pre-procession party followed by a “second line” jazz procession to the Tremont Hotel.  Presented by The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez

George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony

The Strand District
In front of The Tremont House (2300 Mechanic Street)

Award ceremony honoring The Lidstone Family followed by a cocktail reception and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade

Presented by The Tremont House and Hotel Galvez

7.00 pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade

The Strand District
Beginning at The Tremont House (2300 Mechanic Street)

The George P. Mitchell Parade Honoring the 2015 recipients with festive floats parading through the historic Strand District on the kick off night of Mardi Gras! Galveston Friday, February 6, 2015.

Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade

The Strand District

Twirl your way through the streets of the Downtown Entertainment District as part of the 5th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This year they are hoping to break their previous record of 2,314 Funky Brigaders. 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.

RETURNING! The 2nd Annual Official Umbrella Decorating Contest of Mardi Gras! Galveston. You are invited to submit an original decorated umbrella to be voted on by the public via the Mardi Gras! Galveston Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Facebook Page

The top ten umbrellas will be showcased at the Official Mardi Gras! Galveston Poster & Umbrella Unveiling and the winning umbrella will lead the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Friday, February 6, 2015.

2015 Official Umbrella Decorating Contest Form

Krewe da’ Yaga’s Parade

The Strand District

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! Want to ride? Please Email: sflores@yagaspresents.com for more information.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K Run for Fun!

The Strand District
(21st and Strand heading west to 25th street, loop around to Mechanic Street, and head back east to 21st street, making 3 laps.)

Gallop through the Historical Strand District (with an optional stick pony).

The first 500 gallopers will be given jester hats and a jester themed run shirt to perform the whimsical event! This is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely crawl through Galveston's Downtown Historic District.

The run is <5 kilometers long (1K for the Jr. Jesters). Walking and/or Running is permitted as this is a non-competitive, non-timed event! JUST HAVE FUN, and GET SOME EXERCISE.

Online Registration

4th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade

The Strand District

This parade is another great chance for friends and family to get together and participate in an interactive display of the ZANY spirit of Mardi Gras! Galveston.

Free Entertainment District entry to all participants of the parade.

Presented by The Galveston County Daily News.

More Information

Clear Channel Rock The Block Parade

The Strand District
Tune into this rockin’ parade as the Clear Channel Krewe cruises down Strand!

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunshine Kids Parade

The Strand District

Bring out the entire family for a day full of Sunshine and festive floats.

The Sunshine Kids is an organization that provides activities for children with cancer.

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Galveston Parade

The Strand District

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!

2nd Weekend

Friday, February 13, 2015

Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade

The Strand District

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.

Krewe Babalu 10th Annual All Krewe Parade

The Strand District

Come watch the 10th 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!

Krewe of Maximilian Parade

The Strand District

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Krewe of WHO? Processional

2502 Mechanic Street

Come march with the Krewe of WHO? in the All Krewe Processional.  Wave and throw beads to the crowd and enjoy the festivities of Mardi Gras. 

The parade starts at 1:00 pm, but you must be at the staging area 15 - 30 minutes before that.  There is no charge to march with us in the processional.  For more information about our Tail-Gate Party and Processional, visit the event page on our website.

Z Krewe 21st Z Processional

The Strand District

Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade

The Strand District
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.

Les Bon Temps Roule Parade

The Strand District

6.00pm - 11.00pm
A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party

The Strand District
(The Tremont House - 2300 Mechanic Street)

In tribute to1940 Texas A&M University graduate George P. 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. For tickets, visit www.tamug.edu/mardigras.

Note: In contrast to previous years, tickets to the event are separate from the Mardi Gras hotel package and The Tremont House will be open to the public. For hotel reservations, visit www.thetremonthouse.com (see special offers).

Cost: $125 pp
Contact: event@tamug.edu

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FAT TUESDAY, February 17, 2015

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 19th Annual Fat Tuesday

One of the island's most popular parades. In the final hours of Mardi Gras this special event will feature the 10 lighted Aquarius floats plus entries from Knights of Momus, Krewe of Gambrinus, Krewe Babalu, Z Krewe, Krewe of Thalasar. Lighthouse Krewe and many others.
The parade will also feature 8 marching bands. Come and enjoy this great event.

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

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