The tradition of a Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston was revived in 1985 by George and Cynthia Mitchell and has since become the 3rd largest such event in the U.S. and the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the state of Texas. An estimated 300,000 revelers attend the 24 parades, 38 concerts, 20 balcony parties, and 5 masked balls, and there are certainly many more smaller, private events. This year’s Mardi Gras begins on Friday, February 21st and runs until Tuesday, March 4th for a full two weeks of festivities. Those who visit the island by boat or keep their vessels there might keep in mind that in 1917 the first appearance of “King Frivolous” and his court was by “Royal Yacht”!
Depending on weather and water conditions in the Gulf mariners can view some of the many parades that travel down Seawall Boulevard from the water on February 22nd (12PM-6PM), March 1st (11AM-6:30PM), and March 2nd (1PM-2PM).
Dockside Mardi Gras parties are loosely organized at the Galveston Yacht Club and other area marinas, with the Yacht Club a short distance from the celebrations in the heart of “Old Galveston” along the Strand and Post Office Street.