GALVESTON, Texas—The 100th celebration of Mardi Gras Galveston starts today. This year’s event will include a diverse lineup of local, regional and national bands and, of course, 18 parades throughout downtown and along the seawall.
Mardi Gras Street Closures — First Weekend
Uptown Entertainment District — Beginning Thursday, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, and 24th streets, between Harborside Drive and The Strand and The Strand and Mechanic, were closed to allow for event staging and load-in. Crews will close all remaining streets in the early this afternoon and by 2 p.m., the area from Harborside Drive to Mechanic, 20th to 25th streets, including 25th street, Market Street to New Strand, will be open to pedestrian traffic only. Streets will reopen no later than 11:45 p.m. Sunday.
Seawall parade routes — Parades are scheduled to begin at noon Saturday. Access streets leading to Seawall Boulevard between 10th and 69th streets will be barricaded from 10:30 a.m. to as late as 10 p.m. Vehicles will be directed westbound away from the parades.
Mardi Gras Events
Assemble the Skyline set to perform
GALVESTON — Ball High School graduate, Luke Boor, lead singer of Assemble the Skyline, will open up before the Neon Trees take the stage on Saturday in the Entertainment District on The Strand, 23rd Street and The Strand, in Galveston at the 100th annual Mardi Gras Festival, sponsored by Budweiser and 94.5 The Buzz.
Tickets are $10 per person.
Mardi Gras ball, parade
GALVESTON — Krewe D’Espirit Rosaire will have its annual Mardi Gras Ball from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday in Expo Hall A at Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.
Tickets are $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight.
During the ball, there will be a raffle of a cash prize of $1,000 and two-themed liqueur baskets. There also will be a silent auction, which will feature items including a weekend beach house rental.
Attire is formal, semi-formal or costume. Call Cheryl Randle, 409-392-4962.
The Krewe also will have its annual Mardi Gras parade at 11 a.m. March 5 starting at Kempner Park, 27th and Ave. O, in Galveston.
To participate, call Valerie Clouser-McHenry, 713-494-9746.
Kevin Anthony returns home
GALVESTON — Galveston native, Kevin Anthony, will return home to perform at Mardi Gras with Grand Texas, a Houston-based Cajun duo.
Anthony will perform from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Sunday at Saengerfest Park, 23rd and The Strand, in Galveston.
Mardi Gras dance
GALVESTON — The Beta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will have its 25th annual Carnival of Fun Mardi Gras dance from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. March 4 at Old Central Cultural Center, 2627 Ave. M, in Galveston.
A donation of $30 per person is asked, which will benefit scholarships and community service programs.
Call 409-789-4055 or 713-302-3107.
‘Crazy’ Krewe event
WEBSTER — The Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families will have this inaugural event starting with a 5K run at 8 a.m. and then the festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5 at the Clear View Education Center, 400 S. Walnut, in Webster.
There also will be a Kiddie Parade, Crescent City Carnival and the Jackson Square Bazaar.
There also will be free games for children, crafts and entertainment. Call 281-284-0370
Mardi Gras ball, parade viewing party
GALVESTON — The Tremont House will have its 27th annual Mardi Gras Ball and Parade Viewing Party starting at 6 p.m. March 5 at 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row in Galveston.
"The Enchantment of India" is the theme.
Tickets to the ball are $200 per person. Breakfast will be served to guests in the hotel ballroom beginning at 11 p.m.
Attire is black tie or Indian-themed attire.
Mardi Gras parade, carnival
KEMAH — Krewe du Lac and the city of Kemah will have its ninth annual "Krewes Into Kemah" parade and carnival starting with the parade at noon March 6 on Harris Street behind T-Bone Tom’s in Kemah.
The route will begin on Harris Avenue to Seventh Street; Kipp Street to Eighth Street; and then back to Harris Street.
Participation and admission is free to the event.
The carnival will be from noon to dusk at T-Bone Tom’s.
There also will be live music, a costume contest, food, arts and a Mardi Gras market.
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