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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
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Mary Beth Bassett
Public Affairs Manager
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office(409)797-5121
Email: mbassett@galvestoncvb.com
Mardi Gras! Galveston Releases Parade Schedule for 107th Celebration
                                                                             
Mardi Gras Festivities Feb. 2-13 in Galveston to Feature 21 Parades
 
GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (January 18, 2018) – If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 107th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston.
 
Taking place Feb. 2-13, 2018, Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration will feature 21 parades as the island’s krewes prepare to throw more than 3 million beads and other trinkets to throngs of revelers.
 
Visitors to the island can gather in Galveston’s downtown entertainment district and along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard to see flashy floats, high-stepping marching bands and dazzling dancers at these 2018 parade events:
 
Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
 
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
The 107th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston will kick off with an awards ceremony and parade. The ceremony will be held in front of The Tremont House.
 
George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade, 7 p.m. (Entertainment District)
The George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade honoring the 2017 George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award recipients will begin at The Tremont House and travel through downtown Galveston with the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, bands and festive floats. 
 
Route: The parade begins in front of The Tremont House, located at 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row. It will travel east on Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north on 20th Street to Strand Street and proceed west on Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, 8:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Join the 8th annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade as Mardi Gras revelers twirl their way through the Entertainment District. Sponsored by The Galveston County Daily News, the public is invited to participate in this procession as the umbrella dancers perform “The Hokey Pokey” down the streets of Galveston. All participants with decorated umbrellas will receive free admission into Mardi Gras! Galveston on Feb. 2.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 21st Street and travels west on Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade, 10 p.m. (Entertainment District)
The last parade of the first night of Mardi Gras! Galveston winds its way through the Entertainment District with plenty of floats, bands and beads.  
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, and north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018
 
Official Mardi Gras! Galveston Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K, 11 a.m. (Entertainment District) 
Run or walk through Galveston’s Downtown Historic District and follow it up with a day of celebrations. Runners will receive access to all the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities in the Entertainment District, including headline concerts, parades and more.
 
Route: The run begins at 24th Street and Ship’s Mechanic Row, proceeds east to 20th Street, turns north on 20th Street, west at Strand Street. The 5K then proceed west on Strand to 25th Street, turns south onto 25th Street, and then east on Mechanic back under the arch.  The 5K route is 4 loops. 
 
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade, 12 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)
The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius celebrates 33 years since its founding. Join the party at the annual street pageant featuring spectacular floats and 15 marching bands. Costumed krewe members will throw anniversary beads and cups during the parade, sponsored by Miller Lite and Landry's Hospitality. 
 
Route: The parade begins on Seawall Boulevard at 57th Street. It travels east to 25th Street, then north along 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 19th Street, then north on 19th Street to Strand Street and west along Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
Zaniest Golf Cart Parade, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Why stop with a record-breaking umbrella parade when you can have the Zaniest Golf Cart Parade? This parade is another great chance for friends and family to get together and participate in the zany spirit of Mardi Gras! Galveston. All participating golf carts will receive free entry into the entertainment district on Feb.3. For information, contact info@yagaspresents.com
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Krewe d’iHeartMedia Art Car Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Tune in to this rockin' parade as the iHeartMedia krewe cruises down the Strand. 
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Krewe of Gambrinus Parade, 6 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)
King Gambrinus will throw a grand parade with plenty of bead throwing. Searchlights will light up the night as revelers enjoy floats, marching bands and other strolling entertainment.
 
Route: The parade begins on Seawall Boulevard at 57th Street. It proceeds east to 25th Street, travels north along 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then east on Ship’s Mechanic Row to 19th Street, north on 19th Street to Strand Street. The parade ends on Strand Street at 25th Street.
 
Sunday Feb. 4, 2018 (Fiesta Gras)
 
(NEW!) Fiesta Gras Estrella TV Parade, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Fiesta Gras celebrates Hispanic heritage with parades and a 2:30 p.m. performance from La Mafia. Watch as costumed dancers, bands and more make their way through downtown Galveston at the second annual Fiesta Gras celebration.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
(NEW!) Mega 101 Fiesta Gras Parade, 4 p.m. (Entertainment District)
The celebration continues with a second Fiesta Gras parade in the Entertainment District.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Friday, Feb. 9, 2018
 
(NEW!) Salute to Texas First Responder Day
First responders and military personnel, plus one guest will receive free admission to Mardi Gras! Galveston on Friday, Feb. 9 when they present their badge or military identification at the gate.
 
Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, 7 p.m. (Entertainment District)
This parade is dedicated to Danny Weber Sr., who served 30 years in the Galveston Fire Department.  Bring the family out as fire trucks from stations across the state parade down The Strand with lights and sirens.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Krewe Babalu 13th Annual “All Krewe Parade,” 8 p.m. (Entertainment District)
This parade will include floats from krewes, plus business, civic and fraternal organizations throughout the region.
 
Route: The parade begins on Ship’s Mechanic Row at 25th Street, proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street and west on Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
Krewe de Yaga’s Parade, 9:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Only the most irie vibes will be heard from this krewe. Rounding out the second Friday night of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2018, Krewe de’ Yaga’s makes its return with a parade full of Yaga’s Café family from the past, present and future. Board shorts and flip flops required!
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.
 
Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018
 
Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, 11 a.m. (Seawall)
This parade will feature high-stepping marching bands, bead throwing and even some food throwing. Back by popular demand is “the Battle of the Bands” competition, which will take place before the parade.
 
Route: The parade begins at Kempner Park, 27th and Avenue N. From there, it travels south on 27th Street to Seawall Boulevard, west on Seawall Boulevard to 31st Street north on 31st Street to Avenue N and east along Avenue N. The parade ends at Jack Johnson Park, 27th Street and Avenue M.
 
Z Krewe 24th Z Processional, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District)
This year Z Krewe is celebrating 24 years of Mardi Gras with bands, beads and merriment in its annual procession.
 
Route: The parade begins on Ship’s Mechanic Row at 25th Street, proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street and west on Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
(NEW!) Mix 96.5 Parade, 2:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Houston’s best mix mixes beads, bands, music and floats during this preamble to the night’s grand parade.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade, 3:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Let the good times roll with this festive parade as we wrap up the last weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, 6:30 p.m.  (Seawall & Entertainment District)
Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature elaborate floats, marching bands, bead throwing and more.
 
Route: The parade begins on Seawall Boulevard at 23rd Street. It proceeds west to 25th Street travels north on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, east on Ship’s Mechanic Row to 21st Street, north on 21st Street to Strand and west on Strand to 25th Street.  
 
Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018 (Family Gras!)
 
On Feb. 26, the entertainment district will be free to the public for a FAMILY GRAS celebration sponsored by Moody National Bank. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
 
Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade, 12 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Bring the entire family to the Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade, a tribute to children affected by serious burns and cancer. Patients, families and friends of the non-profits are part of this parade featuring high-school marching bands, Shriners clowns and mini-cars.
 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 20th Street, proceeds west on Strand Street to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row to 20th Street, north along 20th Street to Strand Street.  
 
Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, 1:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Costumed pets of all sizes, shapes and species join in the fun for this parade and costume contest.
 
Route: The parade begins at 20th  Street & Harborside Drive, proceeds south on 20thStreet, west on Strand to 25th Street, travels south on 25th Street to Ship’s Mechanic Row, then proceeds east along Ship’s Mechanic Row ending at 20th Street.  
 
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston with decorated floats and costumed kids.
 
Route: The parade begins at 25th and Santa Fe Place, travels south on 25th Street, east on Postoffice Street, north on 19th Street, west on Strand Street and ends on 25th & Strand streets.
 
Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
 
Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade, 6:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius presents its Fat Tuesday parade in the downtown entertainment district.  This grand parade, featuring marching bands, dance teams and dozens of lighted floats, will mark the final hours of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2018. Don’t miss one of Galveston's most popular Mardi Gras parades.
 
Route: The parade begins at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, travels south to  Post Office Street, east on Post Office Street to 19th Street, north along 19th Street to Strand Street, west on Strand Street to 25th Street.
 
For a full schedule of Mardi Gras! Galveston activities, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
 
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