Mardi Gras is one of the premier parties in the world, annually drawing thousands of people. In the United States, New Orleans is famous for throwing a Fat Tuesday fare like no other, but it is not the only city to celebrate Mardi Gras. Galveston, Texas plays host to a festive celebration with parties and parades throughout the city.
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade
One of the most high-profile parades in Galveston is the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade. This parade occurs on the Saturday of the first Mardi Gras weekend. More than 80 floats and marching bands are on display during this seawall parade. Members of Galveston's venerable Krewe of Aquarius are present in full garb from the court of Aquarius. Colorful beads flying off flamboyant floats add to the raucous atmosphere of this parade
Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade
Another major Mardi Gras parade on Galveston's seawall is the Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade. This family-oriented parade takes place the day after the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kick Off Parade. A battle of the bands starts the day off and sets the stage for the parade proper. After parading the seawall, the Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade ends at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 1420 31st St. An after party follows the parade, providing partygoers with more bead throwing, music and cultural food booths.
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade
The Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade is the largest parade showcased in the 12-day celebration. Like many of the Mardi Gras parades, this uptown parade features a variety of colorful floats. It also features local inhabitants dressed as mythological characters from centuries past. Musicians and bands abound, with hundreds marching among the parade. The Knights of Momus - a Mardi Gras society begun in 1871 and revived in 1985 - hosts the Grand Night Parade.
Salute to George Mitchell Parade
One of the newer Mardi Gras parades added to the Galveston Mardi Gras celebration in the Uptown Entertainment District is the Salute to George Mitchell Parade. A Galveston-born developer and preservationist, Mitchell guided the Mardi Gras revival of 1985 in Galveston. This revival coincided with the opening of his historic Tremont House Hotel, 2300 Ship's Mechanic Row. The hotel is the starting point for the parade.
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- The Galveston County Daily News; Mardi Gras Parade Information and Map Routes; February 2011
- The Galveston County Daily News; Mitchell Day Celebrates History; Andrea Daniel; February 2011
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