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Mardi Gras Galveston 2022

Galveston Mardi Gras - Complete Schedule

Friday February 11
Full Schedule, Listed by Date * This schedule includes both Mardi Gras! Galveston events and events held independent of the official festival.
  • 7pm Menardi Gras hosted by Galveston Historical Foundation
    Kick off Mardi Gras 2022 at the site of the island’s first celebration, the 1838 Menard House. Join Galveston Historical Foundation for a night of food, fun, music, and frivolity at Galveston’s oldest residence. Tickets include access to beverages, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and performance by N.O. Hustler’s Brass Band. Tickets are limited and advance reservation is required.
    Tickets: Purchase Online
    Location: 1605 33rd Street

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Friday February 18
  • 5pm Party Gras! Procession
  • 5pm-1am CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony Party
  • 5pm-1am Mardi Gras Kings Court Balcony Party
    2021 Strand
  • 5:30pm George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation Honoring Carol & Richard Ivey This award was established to honor Mitchell and other individuals, corporations, foundations and groups vital to Mardi Gras’ rebirth and preservation. Each year the recipients are honored with a ceremony in front of The Tremont House and names are added to a plaque that hangs in the lobby of The Tremont House then the Salute to George P. Mitchell Parade honoring him and the award recipients begins, marking the start of Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities.
  • 6pm-10pm Krewe of Gambrinus Pre-Parade Party
    Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand
    Free for Members, $20/guest
  • 6pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 1 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
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  • 7pm George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade
  • 7pm Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Barn Bash Kick-Off Party
  • 8:30pm Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade presented by Galveston Daily News
  • 10pm Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade

  • 5:30pm George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation Honoring Carol & Richard Ivey This award was established to honor Mitchell and other individuals, corporations, foundations and groups vital to Mardi Gras’ rebirth and preservation. Each year the recipients are honored with a ceremony in front of The Tremont House and names are added to a plaque that hangs in the lobby of The Tremont House then the Salute to George P. Mitchell Parade honoring him and the award recipients begins, marking the start of Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities.
  • 6pm-10pm Krewe of Gambrinus Pre-Parade Party
    Yaga’s Café, 2314 Strand
    Free for Members, $20/guest
  • 6pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 1 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
  • 7pm George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade
  • 7pm Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Barn Bash Kick-Off Party
  • 8:30pm Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade presented by Galveston Daily News
  • 10pm Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade

Saturday February 19
  • 11am Jolly Jester Jaunt- Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K Fun Run
    Runners donning Mardi Gras themed t-shirts, socks, and jester hats will “jaunt” through the Entertainment District Saturday morning for a 5k Fun Run that ends with free libations and a balcony party! Who can think of a better way to get some exercise and have some fun, than jaunting with your friends and family down the Strand in joker hats and crazy socks?
    The Fun Run Route follows the Downtown Parade Route
    Register: 5K Fun Run
  • 12pm Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade
  • 12pm-1am CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony Party
  • 12pm-1am Up Close & Personal with 3 Doors Down Balcony Party
  • 12pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 2 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
  • 12pm-1am Mardi Gras Kings Court Balcony Party
  • 1pm Zaniest Golf Cart Parade Presented by Mister Golf Cart
  • 3pm Krewe D’iHeart Parade & Art Car Parade
  • 5:30pm Headliner—3 Doors Down
  • 6pm Krewe of Gambrinus Parade
  • 9pm-12am Krewe of Gambrinus Brew Ha-Ha
    Galveston Railroad Museum, 2602 Santa Fe Place
    Free for Members, $20/guest

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Sunday February 20 Fiesta! Gras
Mardi Gras! Galveston celebrates Hispanic Heritage with Fiesta Gras!, on the first Sunday (February 20th)! Mardi Gras attendees will enjoy two parades (1:00pm & 4:00pm) and live entertainment including Headliner, Siggno.
  • 12pm-5pm CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony Party
  • 1pm Fiesta Gras Parade #1
  • 2:30pm Headliner- Siggno
  • 4pm Fiesta Gras Parade #2

Thursday February 24
  • 6pm-8:30pm Special Paint & Sip Night at Clay Cup Studios—Mardi Gras Girl Paint, Sip, Have Fun at Clay Cup Studios
    $45 per person
    Please arrive 10 minutes early to get uncorked and in your seat 🙂 We do have beer, wine, ciders, hard seltzers, and nonalcoholic beverages for sale at the studio.
    For any questions, regarding the event or any other event, please email the studio at claycupstudios@yahoo.com. If you are attending with a group and are meeting them at the studio, please let us know their name on the sign-up form so that we can seat you together.
    Tickets: Purchase Online
    Location: 2219 Postoffice Street

Friday February 25
SALUTE TO TEXAS- FIRST RESPONDER DAY!
Free general admission to veterans, active service personnel, and all first responders.
  • 5pm-1am CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony Party
  • 5pm-1am Up Close & Personal with Country Headliner
  • 5pm-1am Krewe Babalu Balcony Party
    2228 Strand
  • 5pm-1am Mardi Gras Kings Court Balcony Party
    2021 Strand
  • 6pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 3 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
  • 7pm Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade
  • 8pm Krewe Babalu “All Krewe Parade”
  • 9:30pm Krewe de Yaga’s Parade

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Saturday February 26
  • 9am-8pm Mardi Gras Parade & Festivities on Bolivar Peninsula
    All day festivities at the Bolivar Beach Club will feature live music by Dennis Davis, a food truck and tasty drinks. This event is open to the public and not limited to patrons of the resort.
    Parade at 11am, Live music 2-6pm
    Location: Bolivar Beach Club & RV Resort, 796 Highway 87, Bolivar
    Additional Parade Information: click here
  • 11am - Krewe d’Espirit Rosaire Parade
  • 12pm-1am Mardi Gras King’s Court Balcony Party
  • 12pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 4 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
  • 12pm-1am Krewe Babalu Balcony Party
    2228 Strand
  • 12pm-1am Mardi Gras Kings Court Balcony Party
  • 12pm-12am Z Krewe Zestival 4 Balcony Party
    2025 Strand
  • 5pm-1am CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony Party
  • 6pm-11pm TAMUG Mardi Gras Viewing Party at the Tremont House
    Enjoy food, music and dancing, and prime viewing of the Knights of Momus Grand Knight Parade!
    The event, generously underwritten by The Tremont House, includes complimentary valet parking with a casual and lively evening of dining, dancing and prime viewing of the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade alongside Reveille, the First Lady and mascot of Texas A&M University.
    The A&M Mardi Gras event benefits the George P. Mitchell Society and has provided support funding for a permanent undergraduate scholarship each year. The Society is comprised of individuals and organizations committed to the well-being of the oceans, seas and waterways through maritime and marine research, education and training. The George P. Mitchell Society supports student scholarships and activities, faculty and various programs at Texas A&M Galveston.
    Location: The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic Street
    Tickets: https://www.txamfoundation.com/mardi-gras.aspx
  • 1pm Z Krewe Parade
  • 1pm-4pm Princess & The Frog Mardi Gras Event
    Celebrate Mardi Gras 2022 with the Galveston Island Film Society and their family-oriented event filled with games, DJ, Movie Screening, and a lot of fun, just two blocks from the Mardi Gras Parade route. Princess & The Frog will be shown, with a DJ spinning tunes, activities like Musical Chairs, Princess Dress-Up Ring Toss, Face-Painting, and lots of fun for the whole family. Kids of all ages are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
    $5/person in advance, $10 at the door.
    Games $2/chance per game.
    Snack Bar offered with $1 Sodas, Candy, & Water, and $2.50 Hot Dogs.
    Location: Bienville Social, 323 23rd Street Rear Tickets: Purchase Online
  • 2:30pm Mardi Gras Kings Parade
  • 3pm Island East-End Theatre Company Mardi Gras Fundraiser
    Tickets are $125 and include beer, wine, setups, a buffet dinner, wristband allowing access into Mardi Gras! Galveston, prime parade viewing, clean bathrooms for ETC guests only. Limited number of tickets available. Guests will also be able to drop off beads, extra chairs, or any other additional "goodies" prior to Saturday. On Saturday, none of these items will be allowed through the gates. Please contact the theatre with any additional questions: jennifer_islandetc@msn.com, 409.762.3556, or www.IslandETC.org.
    Location: Island East-End Theatre Company, 2317 Mechanic Street
    Tickets: Purchase Online
  • 3:30pm Ben E Keith Parade
  • 6pm Carnes Bumpin’ Bus Parade
  • 6:30pm Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

Sunday February 27 Family Gras
  • 12pm-5pm Firefighters Children’s Balcony
  • 12pm-5pm A Cat’s Eye View Balcony Party hosted by the Galveston Island Humane Society’s Krewe of Barkus & Meoux
  • 12pm Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade
  • 1:30pm Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
  • 3pm Firefighters Children’s Parade

Tuesday March 1
  • 6:30pm Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade
    Parade route circles Postoffice Street and The Strand between 20th & 25th Streets

Mardi Gras Galveston: General Admission Tickets

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* For more information about Mardi Gras! Galveston tickets, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions.

Tickets are required for entrance into the Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District for every day of the event (February 18-20 & 25-27) except Family! Gras on Sunday, February 27.

Gates open at 5pm on Fridays, 11am on Saturdays, and 11am on Sundays.

Tickets are available for one-day or can be purchased in weekend packages or festival packages.

Single Ticket (One-Day) General Admission Prices:
*Taxes & fees plus $2 city fee will be added to each ticket price at checkout
  • Friday February 18
    (Gates open at 5pm)
    - $11.50 Purchase Online
  • Saturday February 19
    (Gates open at 11am)
    - $14.50 Purchase Online
  • Sunday February 20
    (Fiesta! Gras, Gates open at 12pm)
    - $15 Purchase Online
  • Friday February 25
    (Gates open at 5pm)
    - $14.50 Purchase Online
  • Saturday February 26
    (Gates open at 11am)
    - $14.50 Purchase Online
  • Sunday February 27
    (Family! Gras, Gates open at 11am)
    - FREE
Discounted Weekend Packages
Discounted Weekend Packages must be purchased in advance and are not available on the day of the festival. Taxes & fees plus $2 city fee will be added to each ticket price at checkout.
  • First Weekend 2-Day General Admission Package
    (February 18 & 19)
    - $21.90 Purchase Online
  • Second Weekend 2-Day General Admission Package
    (February 25 & 26)
    - $21.90 Purchase Online
  • 5-Day General Admission Package
    This is the only package that includes Fiesta! Gras on Sunday February 20.
    (February 18, 19, 20, 25, & 26)
    - $50.75 Purchase Online
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Mardi Gras! Galveston Balcony Parties

Krewe Babalu Balcony
*Taxes & fees plus $2 city fee will be added to each ticket price at checkout
  • Location: 2228 Strand
  • Tickets Include:
    • Entrance into the entertainment district included in your Ticket
    • Impressive view of the Bud Light Stage with live entertainment
    • In the center of all the Mardi Gras action
    • Live Music
    • 3 Parade Views
  • Friday, February 25
    5pm-1am
    $47.25/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 26
    12pm-1am
    $78.75/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets

ZKrewe Balcony
Get ready for the premier, absolute best balcony party on the Strand! Our parties are known as Zestivals and are hosted by Z Krewe of Galveston! We have one of the largest balconies available.
Purchase a Saturday night ticket and you can get a Friday night ticket for 20% off.
  • Location: Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand
  • The party price includes:
    • A full open bar with premium liquor, beer, wine, water, coffee, and soft drinks
    • DJ and dancing
    • Dinner and all-time snacks
    • Entrance to the Strand
    • Guaranteed time on the balcony
    • Clean restrooms (no porta-potties)
    • Beads for sale. There may be bead shortages this year. You can lock in your supply of beads now through a special ticket package that includes the above plus 25 dozen beads, 2 bead bags and a select Krewe Theme bead for an additional $100. The beads and bags will be at the party for your pick up when you check-in.
  • Friday, February 18 - Zestival 1
    6pm-12am
    $75/person + fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 19 - Zestival 2
    12pm-12am
    $17/person + fees Purchase Tickets
  • Friday, February 25 - Zestival 3
    6pm-12am
    $100/person + fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 26 - Zestival 4
    12pm-12am
    $190/person + fees Purchase Tickets

CForce Water by Chuck Norris Balcony
Ticket includes your gate admission and entrance into the designated balcony. Balcony parties feature a great view of the Mardi Gras festivities, cash bar and music. Balcony rotation enforced when applicable.
  • Location: 2228 Strand
  • Balcony attendees must be 21 years of age or older
  • No elevator. The Balcony is not handicap accessible
  • Friday, February 18 - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, February 19 - SOLD OUT
  • Sunday, February 20 - Special Event (see below)
  • Friday, February 25
    5pm-1am
    $47.25/ person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 26
    12pm-1am
    $78.75/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Sunday, February 27- Firefighters Children’s Parade Balcony
    12pm-5pm
    $15/per person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets

Siggno Balcony Sponsored By CForce Water By Chuck Norris + Exclusive Front Row Concert Access
Siggno performs on the Corona Extra Stage located at 2302 Strand St. on 2/20/22 at 2:30pm
  • Sunday, February 20
  • Location: Corona Extra Stage
  • * For concert access, be sure to go to the Balcony at 2228 Strand St. FIRST to redeem your wristband. You must be wearing the wristband for access to the Exclusive Stage VIP Area NO EXCEPTIONS.
    • Exclusive Access to Siggno for photo
    • Beautiful Trolley Station Balcony Atmosphere
    • Live Music & 2 Parade Views
    • Siggno performs on the Corona Extra Stage located at 2302 Strand St. on 2/20/22 at 2:30pm
  • Sunday, February 20
    Balcony Party Tickets: Purchase Here
    Exclusive Access Tickets: Purchase Here

Mardis Gras Kings Court Balcony
Get ready for the premier, absolute best balcony party on the Strand! Our parties arBalcony parties feature a great view of the Mardi Gras festivities, cash bar and music.
  • Location: 2021 Strand
  • Ticket includes general admission admission and entrance into designated balcony. Balcony rotation enforced when applicable. Balcony attendees must be 21 years of age or older
    • Entrance into the entertainment district included in your Ticket
    • Beautiful Trolley Station atmosphere and clean bathrooms
    • Live Music
    • 5 Parade Views
  • Friday, February 18 - SOLD OUT
  • Saturday, February 19
    12pm-1am
    $50/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 19 - 3 Doors Down + Exclusive Front Row Concert Access - SOLD OUT
  • Friday, February 25
    Up Close & Personal with Matt Stell Balcony Party Presented by The Roula & Ryan Show

    5pm-1am
    $42/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Saturday, February 26
    12pm-1am
    $63/person + taxes/fees Purchase Tickets
  • Sunday, February 27 - A Cat’s Eye View Balcony Party
    12pm-5pm
    $30/person + taxes/fees | $40 at the door Purchase Tickets
    • The Galveston Humane Society’s (GIHS) 22nd Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras parade will host the 6th Annual “A Cat’s Eye View” parade viewing party on the balcony of Trolley Station Building. This party offers prime viewing of three family fun parades: The Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade, our Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade and the Children’s Parade.
    • New this year, added additional “fun” family activities.
    • Light appetizers, 1 free drink ticket, a cash bar and music
    • Kids activities including face painting and kids art area
    • The Parade and Viewing Party are not only fun, but they raise money for our community support programs, including Spay/Neuter Assistance and Vaccination and Microchip clinics. The success of these projects depends on the support of individuals and businesses who generously contribute. Contact the GIHS for details on sponsorship opportunities at 409-740-1919. The GIHS is a 501c3 organization and your contributions are tax deductible.
    • We are sorry, NO pets are allowed at the Balcony Party or in the Trolley Station Building.

All Access Balcony Passes

*Does not include entry into privately held or sponsored or Krewe balcony parties. See Designated Balconies below.*

Balcony parties feature a great view of the Mardi Gras festivities, cash bar and music! Your package will include your gate admission and entrance into designated balconies. Balcony rotation enforced when applicable. Prices do not include taxes and fees. Balcony attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

1st Weekend All-Access Balcony Party Pass - SOLD OUT

2nd Weekend All-Access Balcony Party Pass
$208.95
Purchase Tickets
Includes Entrance into these Designated Balconies:
    - CForce Water By Chuck Norris Balcony Party Highlights (February 25, 5pm-1am):
  • * This balcony is not handicap accessible * There is not an elevator *
  • Location: 2228 Strand Street
  • Entrance into the Entertainment District included in your Ticket
  • Impressive view of the Corona Extra Stage with live entertainment from Matt Stell
  • In the center of all the Mardi Gras action
  • Live Music
  • 3 Parade Views
    - Up Close & Personal with Matt Stell Balcony Party Highlights (February 25, 5pm-1am):
  • *The Trolley Building is handicap accessible, but to get out to the Balcony, there are a few steps to take*
  • Location: The Trolley Building, 2021 Strand Street
  • FREE entrance into the entertainment district included in your Ticket
  • Exclusive access to the Headlining Performer
  • Impressive view of the Corona Extra Stage with live entertainment from Matt Stell
  • In the center of all the Mardi Gras action
  • Live Music
    - CForce Water By Chuck Norris Balcony Party Highlights (February 26, 12pm-1am):
  • * This balcony is not handicap accessible * There is not an elevator *
  • Location: 2228 Strand Street
  • FREE entrance into the Entertainment District included in your Ticket
  • Impressive view of the Corona Extra Stage with live entertainment
  • In the center of all the Mardi Gras action
  • Live Music
  • 3 Parade Views
    - Mardi Gras! Kings Court Balcony Party Highlights (February 26, 12pm-1am):
  • *The Trolley Building is handicap accessible, but to get out to the Balcony, there are a few steps to take*
  • Location: The Trolley Building, 2021 Strand Street
  • FREE entrance into the entertainment district included in your Ticket
  • Beautiful Trolley Station atmosphere and clean bathrooms - Live Music
  • 6 Parade Views

Mardi Gras! Galveston: FAQ

What is Mardi Gras and when is it celebrated?
The Mardi Gras schedule is dependent upon where Easter falls on the calendar. Mardi Gras season starts on January 7th (the day after Epiphany) and runs through the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday or more popularly, Fat Tuesday. The last two weeks of Mardi Gras are when the public celebrations are held, collectively called Carnival.
However, today when most people ask, “Are you going to Mardi Gras?” They are referring to Carnival, the public celebration. In Galveston, the official Carnival is called Mardi Gras! Galveston.
Mardi Gras! Galveston is held on the streets surrounding eight blocks of downtown Galveston between 21st, 25th, Strand, and Mechanic Streets. During the last two weekends of Mardi Gras, this area is gated Friday night starting at 5pm and all day Saturday and requires a ticket to enter.
What and when is Mardi Gras! Galveston?
Galveston’s official public celebration of Mardi Gras is called Mardi Gras! Galveston. It is held on the last two weekends of the Mardi Gras season: Friday 5pm-1am, Saturday 11am-1am, and Sunday 12pm-5pm.
The public celebration takes place in the Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District, a gated area bordered by 21st, 25th, Strand, and Mechanic Streets.
The dates for 2022 are February 18, 19, & 20 and February 25, 26, & 27.
Do I have to buy a ticket?
In Galveston, Mardi Gras is celebrated everywhere—at private homes, in bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Most of these places do not require an additional admission purchase. So, don your green, gold, and purple and head on out during any part of the celebration—you will fit right in.
However, if you want to attend the official Mardi Gras party of Galveston, called Mardi Gras! Galveston, you will need to purchase a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance for a discount. Packages are also available. You can find out more about those options here.
Family Gras! Galveston, held on the last Sunday of the festival, is free.
Why is Galveston’s Mardi Gras gated?
A long, long time ago, in a magical place known as Galveston, an apathetic city government decided that hosting the official Mardi Gras celebration was too expensive and too risky. And so, a local conglomerate known as Yaga’s Entertainment took on the job. To defray the costs of hosting, security, etc., the decision was made to gate off an area of downtown and charge admission.
Some locals believe that this decision diminishes the true spirit of Mardi Gras, which is typically a collective celebration that is not centrally organized. As an upside, however, Galveston’s gated celebration typically includes great concerts and offers more of a street festival atmosphere with food vendors and retail kiosks.
What does the ticket into Mardi Gras! Galveston get me?
General Admission into Galveston’s official public celebration, Mardi Gras! Galveston provides all-access to the street portion of the festival located in the Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District. This includes concerts on two stages, food and beverage vendors, and retail kiosks. Admission into the festival also guarantees direct access to all of the major parades. Check ticket prices here. General Admission does not include entrance into balcony parties, but tickets purchased for balcony parties always include general admission.
Can I watch the parades without buying a ticket?
Yes! Most of the Mardi Gras parades held in Galveston travel on two main parade routes, both of which are always accessible without buying a ticket into the gated portion of downtown.
For the downtown route that circles between 25th Street, 20th Street, The Strand, and Mechanic Street, travel to the far eastern portion of the route along 20th Street—the gates end at 21st Street. To find the parades that follow this route, click here.
The three largest parades in Galveston follow routes that start on the Seawall, travel downtown via 25th Street, and end by circling the downtown route.
The Knights of Momus Parade starts at 23rd & Seawall Boulevard, so it is free to watch anywhere along the 25th Street corridor between Seawall Boulevard and Mechanic Streets.
The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius and Krewe of Gambrinus parades both start at 57th & Seawall Boulevard, travel east to 25th Street, then down 25th Street, so these parades are free to watch anywhere on Seawall Boulevard between 25th & 57th Streets and anywhere along 25th Street between Seawall Boulevard and Mechanic Streets.
For a complete schedule of parades and their corresponding maps, click here.

Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Route Maps

Downtown Parade Route

Circles through the Strand Historic District East on Mechanic, North on 20th, West on Strand, South to Mechanic. All parades *except Krewe of Gambrinus, Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, Knights of Momus, & Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade. Click for larger view on Google Maps.

Knights of Momus Parade Route

Begin 23rd & Seawall. West to 25th, North to Strand Historic District. Knights of Momus Parade, February 26, 2022 @ 6:30pm Click for larger view on Google Maps.

Long Seawall Parade Route

Begins 57th & Seawall, travels East to 25th Street, North to the Historic Strand District. Krewe of Gambrinus Parade – (February 19, 2022 @ Noon) Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade – (February 19, 2022 @ 6pm) Click for larger view on Google Maps.

Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedule

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Friday February 18
5pm – Party Gras! Procession
Watch the George P. Mitchell Honoree and special guests arrive to the Tremont House led by a brass band, kicking off the Friday night celebration.
7pm- George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade
(Downtown Route) Following the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation, which begins at 5:30 at The Tremont House.
8:30pm The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade
(Downtown Route) Sponsored by the Galveston Daily News, The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade has been breaking World Records for having the most decorated umbrellas in a single parade since 2011. Returning in 2019 with an impressive 1,980 participants, paraders danced along on their route, stopping to perform the “Hokey Pokey” under the iconic Mardi Gras Arch next to The Tremont Hotel. Over the years, fans from all around Texas have traveled to Mardi Gras! Galveston to claim a spot in the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This lively, bedazzled parade continues to gain momentum and an even bigger turn-out is predicted for 2022. To participate, register here
10pm- Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade

Saturday February 19
12pm- Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade
(Long Seawall Route) The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade begins on the seawall and travels down through the Entertainment District. The Krewe was organized in March of 1985 and is the second oldest Mardi Gras Social Organization since its revival in 1985. The 65 unit parade features 12 Aquarius double-decker floats, 15 marching bands, dance teams, and numerous other floats and walking units.
1pm- 12th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade
(Downtown Route) Presented by Mister Golf Cart, Zany Golf Carts take to the Strand, rolling down the parade route donning Mardi Gras! themed decorations. The event was created in 2011 to encourage the community to become participants as well as spectators in the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities. The parade is a platform for locals and visitors to get creative, interact with each other, and have some fun. Golf Cart participation for 2022 is SOLD OUT.
3pm- Krewe d’iHeart Media Parade
(Downtown Route) Sponsored by iHeart MEDIA (formerly Clear Channel Radio), the Krewe d’iHeartMedia Parade features art cars from the ArtX Group (Houston, TX), combined with decorated jeeps from the community. Entries came from as far away as Canada to participate in the last parade. Art Car participation for 2022 is SOLD OUT.
6pm- Krewe of Gambrinus Parade
Parade watchers will fill the streets of the Entertainment District to watch this exciting night parade. The Krewe of Gambrinus is a not-for-profit organization chartered to support tourism and underprivileged children and elderly in Galveston, Harris, and surrounding counties.

Sunday, February 20 (Fiesta Gras)
1pm- El Norte y La Raza Parade, Presented by Estrella Media
4pm- Fiesta Gras Parade #2
Friday, February 25
7pm- Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade
(Downtown Route) In memory of Fire Chief, Danny Weber, this much-loved tradition features more than 25 Fire Trucks from South East Houston, League City, Hitchcock, La Marque, Jamaica Beach, and Galveston. The impressive chorus of sirens and horns that fill the Entertainment District continues to captivate Mardi Gras! Galveston attendees, making this parade a crowd favorite.
8pm- Krewe of Babalu All Krewe Parade
The parade will make 2 rounds beginning at Santa Fe place and 25th st. Right on 25th to Mechanic. Left on Mechanic to 20th Street. Left on 20th St to Strand. Left on Strand to 25th street. Then left on 25th Street. Come join all the Mardi Gras Krewes!
9:30pm- Krewe de Yaga’s Parade
Revelers will enjoy this festive night parade, as it circles the Entertainment District wrapping up the second Friday of celebrations for Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2022.

Saturday, February 26
11am- Krewe d’Esprit Rosarie Parade
(Midtown) Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire is the only Black Catholic Krewe located on the island. Their annual Mardi Gras Pageant was started by Rev. Father Louis Saparito and the tradition continues today with Holy Family Parish. The Parade features many high stepping Marching Bands from Houston and surrounding area along with Drill Teams, ROTC groups, the Krewe Royalty, Committee Members, Church Organizations and many of the church members.
1pm- Z Krewe Z Processional
(Downtown Route) This parade features bands, military units and zany revelers from multiple clubs, and is led by Big Daddy and Big Momma, followed by King and Queen Zanie and their royal Zoots and Zaftigs. Hundreds of “Zannies” throw beads to the crowds and continue to do so after the parade from their private balcony on Strand Street. Z Krewe takes bead-throwing to the next level with their awesome assortment of unique and fun necklaces!
2:30pm- Mardi Gras Kings Parade
(Downtown Route) Sponsored by KHMX 96.5 Radio Station, this parade hosts an array of on-air radio ticket winners from around the Houston area. Riders dance to today’s top hits as they cruise through the Entertainment District tossing beads to parade spectators.
3:30pm- Ben E. Keith Parade
6pm- Jumpin’ Jays Bumpin’ Bus Parade—So Fly It’ll Make You Wanna Die
(Downtown Route) Presented by The Carnes Funeral Home, this is a true party parade that will get you moving and grooving. More than 20 decked-out party buses roll through The Entertainment District bumping music and throwing beads. The iconic Dancing Queen, Dancing King & Lemonade Bus have become a staple for all Galveston Parade Celebrations.
6:30pm- Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade
(Knights of Momus Parade Route) Parade begins at 23rd & Seawall, travels west to 25th Street, then north up 25th Street to the Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District

Sunday, February 27 (Family Gras)
12pm- Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade
1:30pm- Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
(Downtown Route) Presented by Galveston Island Humane Society. Stemming from a desire for locals and their pets to have a way to be involved in the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities, The Humane Society created the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade 22 years ago, and this crowd-pleasing event has been going strong ever since! Leading the parade each year is the “Elite Pet Owner”- a title awarded at the annual, Paws Gala held each September.
3pm- Firefighters Children’s Parade
(Downtown Route) Local firefighters and first responders host a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston with decorated floats and costumed kids. In 2005 the Galveston Firefighters stepped forward to “Save the Children’s Parade” by assuming the role of parade coordinator. The Firefighters felt that since the parades are the main attraction to Mardi Gras, and because the Children’s Parade was the only Mardi Gras activity geared toward children, it was important to keep the tradition alive.

Tuesday, March 1
6:30pm- Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade
Considered the “locals’ parade,” this parade marks the final hoorah of Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration and involves several local Krewes. It starts at 28th & Market Streets then makes its way over to Postoffice Street and The Strand.

Ticket To Ride

Krewe Babalu puts one or more floats in numerous parades throughout the Mardi Gras celebration, and they sell tickets to ride on these floats to the public. Processing fees are included in the ticket price. Must arrive at least one hour before parade start time. Meeting places vary depending on the parade. Detailed information will be sent to you upon booking. Beads are not included in the ticket price (see below).

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade, $105
Krewe of Gambrinus Parade, $151
Krewe Babalu All Krewe Parade, $52
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, SOLD OUT

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade, $79

Entertainment Lineup

The Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District features 2 Stages:
Corona Extra Stage - Saengerfest Park (23rd & Strand) Map
Salute to Texas Stage - On 21st Street near Mechanic Street Map
General Admission tickets into the Mardi Gras! Galveston Entertainment District are required to attend the concerts.

Headliners

Saturday February 19, 5:30pm – 3 Doors Down

Sunday February 20, 2:30pm – Siggno (Fiesta Gras)

Friday February, 10:30pm – Matt Stell

Full Entertainment Schedule

Friday February 18

Corona Extra Stage
5:15pm – Party On!
7:30pm – Cale & The 45’s
10:00pm – Bare Necessity

Saturday February 19

Corona Extra Stage
12:30pm – Randy Cobio Band
2:30pm – The Slags
5:30pm – 3 Doors Down
10:00pm – Sprung

Salute to Texas Stage
2:30pm – Jeff Canada
5:00pm – Jay Perez and The Band

Sunday February 20 (Fiesta! Gras)

Corona Extra Stage
12:00pm – LaDezz
2:30pm – Siggno

Friday February 25

Corona Extra Stage
5:30pm – Brandon McDermott Band
8:30pm – The Line Up (local)
10:30pm – Matt Stell

Saturday February 26

Corona Extra Stage
12:00pm – The Vibes
2:30pm – Mambo Jazz Kings
6:00pm – O.G.R.E
10:30pm – The Crüe

Salute to Texas Stage
2:30pm – David Lee Garza y Los Musicales
5:00pm – Scooter Brown

Sunday February 27

Corona Extra Stage
12:00pm – The Bilge Pimps
3:00pm – Kevin Anthony (local)

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Mardi Gras! Galveston Hotels

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