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Galveston in Texas is not a town you may be immediately familiar with, but it is in fact home to one of the largest annual mardi gras celebrations in the United States, attracting crowds measured in the hundreds of thousands out onto the streets for a series of events and parades.
There has been a mardi gras parade in Galveston under various guises since as far back as 1867. The mardi gras festival consists of a series of parades, including the popular Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, in the weeks leading up to the main Fat Tuesday event, where the iconic parade is the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Annual Fat Tuesday Parade, featuring a variety of floats and marching bands with appearances by local dignitaries and celebrities.
You can see our full range of live coverage of mardi gras and carnival events around the world here: Watch Mardi Gras live
The parade and main event schedule for the 2017 mardi gras season
in Galveston is as follows:
Saturday 25th February
Krewe d'Esprit Rosaire Parade
Krewe of WHO? Processional
Z Krewe 22nd Z Processional
Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade
Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party at Island ETC
Les Bon Temps Roule Parade
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade
Sunday 26th February
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
Mardi Gras Childrens Parade
Tuesday 28th February
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Annual Fat Tuesday Parade
This main parade gets underway at 6.30pm and is usually completed by 8pm. The parade route is through the well known Strand district, you can see a map of the parade route here:
Mardi Gras parade route
There is likely to be some decent local coverage of the Galveston mardi gras parade by the local TV and radio stations, we will provide any links right here as and when they become available.
One online viewing option that is often overlooked is to look to see if there are any streaming webcams in the area. In Galveston we are fortunate that there is a love cam on the Strand, ideally positioned on a key part of the parade route, giving you an opportunity to watch live as the parade passes by:
This is a popular time of year to be in Galveston so if you are planning on visiting from out of town then we recommend you make your hotel or guest house reservation well in advance.
yYou can check out availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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