If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2017, grab some beads and hit the beach! Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.
The Island’s 106th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 17 – February 28, 2017, is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. From the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district – where the bulk of festivities take place – to electronic dance parties and family friendly events and parades, Mardi Gras! Galveston offers excitement everyone can enjoy.
At Mardi Gras! Galveston, the extravagance found in Texas’s largest Mardi Gras celebration starts with the beads! More than 3 million beads will be thrown at Mardi Gras! Galveston and that’s just the beginning of the elaborate parades, headliner performances, family events, feasting and other festivities that come with hosting Mardi Gras island style.
WATCH...all your favorite Mardi Gras parades (including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, Krewe Gambrinus and Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade as they come to the Entertainment District) from a balcony party on the Strand! Balcony parties include admission into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony party with cash bar and music and a VIP view of the Mardi Gras festivities! Balcony Tickets Available !
DANCE...to non-stop entertainment on the Saengerfest Stage and Electric Mardi Gras Stage. Buy your General Admission tickets today and have access to all concerts!
RUN...the Mardi Gras! Galveston Official 5k Run to start the party early!
ROLL...with the Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade! Golf Cart parade entries receive FREE entry into the Entertainment District & Best Decorated Golf Cart gets FREE Balcony Party Passes!
RIDE...with your “Ticket to Ride”. We provide the float, beads, driver and balcony party you provide the Krewe! Gather your friends and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up today and ask about ALL the ways to PLAY!
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2nd Weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston to Feature Texas Country Star Cory Morrow, Big Parades
Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration is in full swing in Galveston as the island prepares for its second weekend of big parties, parades, bead throwing and concerts. Read more.
Pets to Steal the Show on February 7 During Mardi Gras Barkus & Meoux Krewe Parade
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Mardi Gras Family Events
A guide to family events this Carnival season, from Galveston.com's Rod Evans. Read more.
Collective Soul and Country Star Cory Morrow to Headline Galveston Mardi Gras 2016
Rock band Collective Soul and country music star Cory Morrow will give headline performances at Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration, taking place Jan. 29 – Feb. 6, 2016 in Galveston. Read more.