“Fat Tuesday” — better known as Mardi Gras, is fast approaching. It’s that bacchanalian time of year where people all over the world party in the streets, drink heavily, and throw beads to women. (Which, in this wiser era of #MeToo and Time’s Up, might need to be rethought.)
While New Orleans has always been the center of the universe for this annual celebration, Galveston has been throwing their own poppin’ Mardi Gras. If you’re down for a little debauchery, there are still plenty of things popping off this weekend, so book that hotel, and pack your party clothes.
The Downtown Entertainment District will be bombarded with parades that’ll be happening from Friday, February 9 until Tuesday, February 13. Start with the Krewe de Yaga’s Parade (9:30 am, February 9) and, later on that evening, take in the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade (7 pm, February 9), and the Krewe Babalu 13th Annual “All Krewe Parade” (8 pm, February 9).
Sunday is Family Gras day, as families can attend such free parades as the Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade (noon, February 11) and the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade (3 pm, February 11). The final parade will be on Tuesday night — the Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade (6:30 pm, February 13), which will have marching bands, dance teams and more.
The live music
For the main stage this weekend, there will be a full-on “Salute to Texas,” featuring performances from Houston country player Jason Cassidy (8:30 pm, February 9) and Atlanta Christian rock star Kevin Fowler (10:30 pm, February 9).
But, for those who need some EDM in their systems, the Gras has you covered with an “Electric Stage” on 21st and Mechanic. On Friday and Saturday, such DJs as DJ Villa (5-9 pm, February 9), Bryan Rhymez (9-11 pm, February 9), Jeremy Nite (10-11 pm, February 10) and DJ NonStopp (midnight-1 am, February 10) will be on hand to make sure everyone is in a perpetual state of turnt-up.
The balcony parties
There will also be both free and ticketed, balcony-based soirees going on all over the area. There will be not one, but two Krewe Babalu parties, Friday (5-11:30 pm, February 9) and Saturday (noon-1 am, February 10) at the Dargan & Tobyn Building. The building will also be home to the Mardi Gras! Headquarters shindig (5 pm-1 am February 9) and the Firefighters Children’s Parade get-together (noon, February 11).
On Tuesday, the Kiwanis Club of Galveston will have their Fat Tuesday throwdown downtown (5 pm, February 13), while the Krewe Babalu Fat Tuesday Celebration will take place at Buckshot Saloon (5-7 pm, February 13).
For more information, visit the official Mardi Gras Galveston site.