If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2019, 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 108th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 22- March 5, 2019, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 29 live concerts, 23 parades, 22 balcony parties, several elegant balls and some new festive additions. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. Find your Mardi Gras style with these highlights:
Classic Revelry – Galveston’s historic downtown entertainment district will put you in the center of classic Mardi Gras revelry complete with big crowds and plenty of beads. Nearly all parades go through downtown, where you can enjoy the view from the street or from above at a balcony party. Main concert stages are also located downtown, where the event’s headline performances will take place. The festival’s largest parades also run along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard.
Upscale Mardi Gras – If you’re looking to catch any of the colorful beads to be thrown from parade floats and downtown balconies, you don’t have to stand in the streets to do it. Mardi Gras! Galveston’s elegant side will feature several masked balls where black-tie attire, lavish buffets, live performers, dancing and parade viewing invoke the evening festivities. Popular events include the San Luis Salute hosted by Tilman and Paige Fertitta and The Tremont House’s Texas A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party.
Family Gras – Sunday, March 3 is Family Gras at Mardi Gras! Galveston, featuring live family entertainment, plus the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade, Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, and the Shriners Hospital Parade in the downtown entertainment district.
Fiesta Gras – Feb. 24 brings the return of the Hispanic heritage celebration with two parades, live entertainment performances, vendors and a balcony party.
Electric Mardi Gras – Electric Mardi Gras will return in 2019 with a special concert area at 21st and Mechanic streets in downtown Galveston. This area will provide one big party for lovers of electronic dance music, with continuous concerts, beat-thumping DJs and laser light shows on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the celebration.
Tickets to Mardi Gras! Galveston are on sale now. For details, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
From the Blogs
March 2019 - Galveston's 1938 Mardi Gras Celebration
Published: Sunday, March 03, 2019
The theme of Galveston’s 1938 Mardi Gras was “A Court in Old England,” and it was described as “one of the most beautiful” Mardi Gras celebrations to date by the Galveston Daily News. Read more.
Country Stars Pat Green & Jason Cassidy to Headline Mardi Gras! Galveston
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Country music stars Pat Green and Jason Cassidy will give headline performances at Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration, taking place Feb. 22 – March 5, 2019 in Galveston. Read more.
2019 Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedule
Published: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Visitors to the island can gather in Galveston’s downtown entertainment district and along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard to see flashy floats, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling dancers at these 2019 parade events. Read more.
The Galveston Island Bucket List
Published: Wednesday, June 06, 2018
There is so much you need to do in your lifetime on the island! Here's the ultimate Galveston bucket list: 50 things you need to do before you kick the bucket. Read more.
Why Do Snowbirds Love Galveston So Much?
Published: Monday, November 27, 2017
Is it the warmer island temperatures? The wonderful holiday traditions? Take a look at why so many choose Galveston as their winter getaway! Read more.