GALVESTON — Mardi Gras revelers will have to pay $17 to get onto The Strand this year, continuing the policy that has been in effect since the event was taken over by a private business in 2011.
The price, according to event organizers, is the cost of putting on Galveston’s largest event. But there are some who say the event should be free to access.
Ticket prices were the same in 2012, said Mike Dean, the owner of Yaga’s Entertainment, the promoter that has been in charge of Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebrations for three years. And he’s standing by charging for the event, which attracted up to 250,000 to the island in recent years.
“A free Mardi Gras is a situation that does not do good for anybody,” Dean said.
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