Feb. 1-3 Mardi Gras Galveston Weekend 1: Fun For All and a Great Cause!

Got your party mask yet? Its almost time again! On Friday, February 1st, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., The Strand will come alive again with fancy costumes, spinning umbrellas, bellowing brass bands, dancers, funny cars and BEADS! BEADS! BEADS!

Its Mardi Gras Galveston time again! If you have never been to a Galveston Mardi Gras celebration, its time you fixed that!  Mardi Gras in Galveston, Texas seems to get bigger every year with more balcony parties, more parades for both kids and adults, more live music and ricking concerts, more artists, vendors and of course, MORE BEADS!

To the left you can see my 6 and 8 year olds’ bead booty from just two days of parades!

Mardi Gras Galveston kicks off with a Dixieland jazz band procession on  on Friday Feb 1st at 5:00 p.m. from the M&M Restaurant to The Treemont House followed by a 5:30 Mardi Gras awards ceremony.

At 7:00 p.m., the First parade kicks off in the Historic Strand District. This will be followed at 8:30 by the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade which is out to break 1500 dancers barrier this year! At 10:00 p.m. the nightlife will come alive with the Krewe de Yaga’s Parade.  Balcony parties will bounce well into the night with food and drink galore.

Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The Strand will kick off a 5k Jolly Jester whimsical fun run while Seawall Blvd. fires up at noon with its own opening parade: Mystic Krewe of Aquarius 25th annual Galveston, Texas Mardi Gras parade. At 1:00 p.m. it is back to The Strand for the Zaniest Golf Cart Parade, 3:00 the iHeart Radio Parade, 4:00 the unforgettable Art Car Parade.  AT 6:00 the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade hits Seawall Blvd. and at 9:30 the Build Your own Krewe Parade takes to The Strand.

Tickets for are required for events in the Historic Strand District and cost 8-10 per person.  Visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com for discounts on advance tickets as well as tickets to balcony parties, concerts and special events. Seawall Blvd. parades are all free to the public.

Sunday is Family Gras day at The Strand with free admission for the public. Donations at the door will go to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children and Sunshine Kids–two great charities for children. At noon there will be a non-competitive 1K family fun run. 100% of the fun run entry fee will go to Shriners Hospital for Children. The Sunshine Kids parade starts at 1:00 p.m. and the Shriners Hospital for Children parade starts at 3:00 p.m.

Below is a video of what Mardi Gras Galveston is like:

If you are looking for a great getaway for the whole family that is just a short drive down the road from Houston, Texas, I highly recommend that you give Mardi Gras Galveston a try.  If you need a place to stay, take a peek at Ryson Vacation Rentals for a great deal on a condo rental for the weekend. They have condo rentals available when the hotels are booked, and often at a cheaper rate per night.

One last note for families with young kids, I would recommend you avoid the late night parades since things can get a bit rowdy after dark at Mardi Gras!   Have fun!

This article is brought to you by the Houston Law Firm of Simmons and Fletcher, P.C.,  Christian personal injury trial lawyers. Reminding you to be safe and use a designated driver if you choose to drink.



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