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Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Office: (409)797-5152
lcast@galvestoncvb.com

Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Office: (409)797-5124
iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com

Mary Beth Bassett
Public Affairs Manager
Office: (409)797-5121
mbassett@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Leah Cast
Director of Communications
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office(409)797-5152
Email: lcast@galvestoncvb.com
Mardi Gras at the Beach!

3rd Largest Mardi Gras Celebration in U.S. Offers Beachfront Revelry on the Texas Coast


GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (December 2, 2014) – If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2015, grab some beads and hit the beach.

Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 104th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 6-17, 2015, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 30+ concerts, 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls.

And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. Find your Mardi Gras style with these highlights:

Classic Revelry
Galveston’s historic downtown entertainment district will put you in the center of classic Mardi Gras revelry complete with big crowds and plenty of beads. Nearly all parades go through downtown, where you can enjoy the view from the street or from above at a balcony party. Main concert stages are also located downtown, where the event’s headline performances will take place, including alternative pop band Delta Rae on Feb.7. The festival’s largest parades also run along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard.

Upscale Mardi Gras
If you’re looking to catch any of the colorful beads to be thrown from parade floats and downtown balconies, you don’t have to stand in the streets to do it. Mardi Gras! Galveston’s elegant side will feature five masked balls where black-tie attire, lavish buffets, live performers, dancing and parade viewing invoke the evening festivities. Popular events will include the San Luis Salute hosted by Tilman and Paige Fertitta and the Texas A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party held at The Tremont House.

Family Gras
Sunday, February 8 is Family Gras at Mardi Gras! Galveston, featuring live family entertainment, two kids parades, a kids coloring contest and the Jr. Jester Jaunt 1K run/walk. Donations will be taken at the gate to benefit The Sunshine Kids and Shriners Hospitals for Children. The family friendly activities will continue Sunday, February 15 with the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade and Mardi Gras Children’s Parade on the Seawall.

Electric Mardi Gras
Electric Mardi Gras will return in 2015 with an expanded area at 21st and Mechanic streets in downtown Galveston. This area will provide one big party for lovers of electronic dance music, with continuous concerts, beat-thumping DJs and laser light shows on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the celebration!

Tickets to  Mardi Gras! Galveston are on sale now. For details, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

About Mardi Gras! Galveston
Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867. Following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by the colorful marching bands, and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks.

Media Resources
Media professionals seeking more information about Mardi Gras! Galveston may contact Leah Cast, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 409-797-5152 or lcast@galvestoncvb.com

To request media passes, submit via our Online Media Request Form.

To download photos of Mardi Gras! Galveston, click here.


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