Houston Creole Heritage Festival & Mardi Gras Parade
Gumbo and crawfish boils, boudin and steaming pots of etouffee, the rhythmic blend of fiddle and accordion: all these have become part of Southeast Texas or what is known by many as the “Golden Triangle.” But the whole city of Houston and the surrounding areas have experienced and embraced the influence of this French-based culture and made itself home to the annual Houston Creole Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras Parade.
The festival and parade are partnered with the nonprofit Sweet Hour of Prayer (S.H.O.P.) Ministries Inc., which was founded in 2005 as a radio program promoting Creole food and music, and grown into an opportunity for locals to learn about the Creole community. Naturally maturing over the past four years it has become a dedicated cause to helping the youth, veterans, and seniors of Houston while preserving and celebrating Creole history and culture.
Funds raised benefit students, former military members, and elderly through scholarships, youth mentorship programs and veteran support groups that help Texans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Recently, assistance with home care for seniors in the community is ongoing as well.