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


 

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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




2017 Galveston Seawall Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

 

1st Weekend

Saturday, February 18, 2017
12.00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade

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

The 31st 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. The big street pageant will feature three new Aquarius floats which includes a new Royal Court float. 15 Marching bands will join in the 65 unit event as Aquarius celebrates "Mythology". For the most and best beads do not miss this parade.


Website: www.kreweofaquarius.org
Contact: (409)789-4101 | johnnylidstone@yahoo.com


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 25, 2017

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.

Contact: Valerie Clouser, 713-494-9746 | Valmac2001@aol.com


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



2017 Galveston Strand District Mardi Gras Parade Calendar

1st Weekend

Friday, February 17, 2017
5.30pm
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation

The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, Galveston, TX

Presented by The Tremont House, Hotel Galvez, and Mitchell Historic Properties.  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 Larry Del Papa

The Tremont House, Strand District, Galveston, TX

The George P. Mitchell Parade Honoring Larry Del Papa 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!


8.00pm
Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Twirl your way through the streets of the Downtown Entertainment district Friday, February 17, 2017 for the 7th 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. Sponsored by The Galveston County Daily News.


10.00pm
Krewe of Olympus Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

One of the largest predominately gay Krewes in the United States, although their membership is open to all. The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, and north along 20th Street to Strand Street.

More Info.



Saturday, February 18, 2017
11.00am
Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K


Strand District, Galveston, TX

The Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a leisurely crawl, or an intense run, through Galveston's Historic Strand District & follow it up with a day of great celebrations & libations!


1.00pm
6th 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.  

Sponsored by The Galveston County Daily News

3.00pm
Krewe D'iHeartMedia Art Car Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

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



Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00pm
Fiesta Gras de Carnival: Parade Uno

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Join us as we introduce a new day to Mardi Gras! Galveston, Fiesta Gras de Carnival. The day will consist of vendors and live entertainment. This will be the first of three parades.


2:30pm
Fiesta Gras de Carnival: Parade Dos


Strand District, Galveston, TX

Join us as we introduce a new day to Mardi Gras! Galveston, Fiesta Gras de Carnival. The day will consist of vendors and live entertainment. This will be the second of three parades.


4:00pm
Fiesta Gras de Carnival: Parade Tres

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Join us as we introduce a new day to Mardi Gras! Galveston, Fiesta Gras de Carnival. The day will consist of vendors and live entertainment. This will be the third of three parades.




2nd Weekend (Strand)

Friday, February 24, 2017

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 12th Annual All Krewe Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Cost: $110 to ride in the parade (including beads)
Contact: (281)703-3331


9.30pm
Krewe of Maximilian Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX


Saturday, February 25, 2017

9:00am-11:00am

Krewe d' Esprit Rosaire Battle of the Bands

Kermit Courville Stadium - 2702 Avenue N, Galveston, TX

NON-STRAND(and NON-SEAWALL)

Cost: free

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!

Contact: Valerie Clouser 713-494-9746

1.00pm
Z Krewe 23rd 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
Mardi Gras King's Parade

Strand District, Galveson, TX

Mardi Gras King's Parade will feature floats, marching bands, bead throwing and more!  The parade begins on Strand at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand to 25th, travels south on 25th to Ship's Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship's Mechanic Row to 20th Street, and north along 20th Street to Strand.


3.30pm
Les Bon Temps Roule Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Let the good times roll through Galveston Historic Strand District along Mechanic Street from 25th to 20th and back up the Strand.


Sunday, February 26, 2016

12.00pm
Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade

Strand District, Galveston, TX

New day and time!  Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade! Bring out the entire family for a day full of fun at Family Gras, presented by Moody National Bank.   The Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade will begin at 12:00pm with festive floats and Shriners Clowns and Mini-Cars!


1:30pm
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
Downtown Galveston, Galveston, TX

Contact: (409)740-1919

The 19th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sunday, February 26, 2017 beginning at 1:30pm in the Historic Strand District.


3.00pm
Mardi Gras Children's Parade

Downtown Galveston, Galveston TX
(The parade begins at 25th and Santa Fe Place, South on 25th, East on Postoffice, North on 19th Street, West on Strand, Parade ends 25th & Strand.)

Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The 2017 parade marches on with costumed kids and decorated floats.




mardi gras day - the Strand

FAT TUESDAY, February 28, 2017

6.30pm-8.00pm
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 21st Annual Fat Tuesday

Strand District, Galveston, TX

Everyone’s favorite parade will roll through downtown in the final hours of the 2017 Mardi Gras celebration. This all Krewe event will feature 8 marching bands and the Krewes of Gambrinus, Momus, Babalu, ZKrewe, Thalasar, Lighthouse Krewe, and much more.

Contact:(409)789-4101 | johnnylidstone@yahoo.com


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


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