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Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
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Ivette Wilhelm
Public Relations Manager
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office(409)797-5124
Email: iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com
Mardi Gras! Galveston Releases Parade Schedule for 105th Celebration 
Mardi Gras Festivities Jan.29 – Feb. 9, 2016 in Galveston to Feature 22 Parades

GALVESTON ISLAND, TX (December 17, 2015) If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 105th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston.

Taking place Jan. 29- Feb. 9, 2016, Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration will feature 22 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 2016 parade events:

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016

George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)
The 105th 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 2016 George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award recipients will begin at The Tremont House and travel through downtown Galveston with the Budweiser Clydesdales, 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 p.m. (Entertainment District) 
Join the 6th annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade as Mardi Gras revelers aim to break last year’s record of 2,314 umbrella dancers. 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 Jan. 29. 
Route:  The parade begins on Strand Street at 21st Street and travels west on Strand Street to 25th Street. 

Krewe da’ Yaga’s Café Parade, 10 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Rounding out the first night of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2016, Krewe da’ Yaga’s Café makes its return with a line of floats and entertainment organized by the Yaga’s Café family.

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, January 30, 2016

Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K Run, 11:00 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 two headline concerts, four parades and more. 

Route: The run begins at 23rd and Mechanic streets, runs west through the Mardi Gras Arch, turns left on 25th Street down to Sealy. The route then takes a U-turn down to Strand street, with a right turn down 17th Street, another U-turn and then back to 25th and Strand streets. At 25th & Strand streets, the route will turn left back up to Sealy and make another U-turn, toward Mechanic Street with one final right turn to finish through the Mardi Gras Arch where the finish line and “runners village” is located. This new L-Loop will be an official 5K track with chip timing for competitors.   

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade, 12 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)
The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius celebrates 31 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.7. For information, contact sflores@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’iHeartRadio Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District) 
Tune in to this rockin' parade as the iHeart Media krewe cruises down the Strand.  Buzz 94.5’s Rod Ryan will be rocking out with this krewe!

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, January 31, 2016 (Family Gras!) 

On Jan.31, 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. 

Sunshine Kids Parade, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District)
Bring the entire family to The Sunshine Kids Parade, a tribute to children affected by cancer. Donations from Sunday will benefit The Sunshine Kids non-profit organization, which works to provide positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients. 

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.  

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Galveston Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District) 
Patients, families and friends of Shriners Hospitals for Children are a part of this parade featuring high-school marching bands, Shriners clowns and mini-cars. Donations will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children.

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, February 5, 2016

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 11th Annual “All Krewe Parade,” 8 p.m. (Entertainment District)
This parade will include floats from krewes and 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 of Maximilian Parade, 9:30 p.m. (Entertainment District) 
Take a walk on the wild side and join Krewe of Maximilian as they roll into 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.  

Saturday, February 6, 2016

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 22nd  Z Processional, 1:00 p.m. (Entertainment District)
This year Z Krewe is celebrating 22 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. 

Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade, 2:30 p.m. (Entertainment District) 
Hot off the press! This Neauxs Krewe will be rolling down The Strand at 2:30 p.m. tossing more than newspapers. The Houston Chronicle is the 6th largest newspaper in the United States and a proud sponsor 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.  

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade, 4:30 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, February 7, 2016

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, 1 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 & Harborside, south on 20th, west on Strand, turns around at 25th Street and travels east ending at 21st & Strand Streets.

Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, 2 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, February 9, 2016

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 2016. Don’t miss one of Galveston's most popular Mardi Gras parades.

Route: The parade begins on Post Office Street at 25th Street travels 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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