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                           Galveston Mardi Gras Celebration Kicks Off Friday

                           Texas’ Largest Mardi Gras Celebration to Feature Two Weekends of Parades, Concerts

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (January 30, 2018) – Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration will kick off this weekend in Galveston, marking the start of carnival season with headliner concerts, elaborate parades and plenty of bead throwing. 
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony followed by a 7 p.m. corresponding parade that travels through downtown Galveston with the Budweiser Clydesdale horses, bands and festive floats.  At 8:30 p.m., hundreds of umbrella dancers will twist through the streets of downtown Galveston at the eighth annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. The 10 p.m. Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade and a number of concerts will keep the party going through the night.
On Saturday, several parades will take place along Galveston’s Seawall and through the downtown Mardi Gras Entertainment District, including two of Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest events. Revelers won’t want to miss the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade at 12 p.m. or the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s live entertainment lineup will be headlined by alternative rock band Everclear, which will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage located at 23rd and Strand inside the Mardi Gras Entertainment District. For lovers of electronic dance music, the Electric Stage— located at 21st and Strand streets—will feature continuous, beat-thumping DJ concerts throughout the festival.
This Sunday is “Fiesta Gras" returning for its second year featuring Tejano music and two themed parades, including a headline performance by four-time Grammy Award-winning group La Mafia at 2:30 p.m. on the Bud Light Stage. The Fiesta Gras area will be located in the downtown entertainment district at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
To view this year’s parade schedule, click here. For more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston, visit
First Weekend Major Events
5:15 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: Almost Endless Summer (Bud Light Stage) 
5:00 p.m.             Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Pre-Party (Electric Stage)
5:30 p.m.             George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony (The Tremont House)
7:00 p.m.             George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Parade (Entertainment District)
7:30 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: Ryan Ross (Bud Light Stage) 
8:30 p.m.             Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade (Entertainment District)
9:00 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Skritchin (Electric Stage)
10:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade (Entertainment District)
10:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Honeybrowne (Bud Light Stage)
11:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Jamie Harvey (Electric Stage)
11:00 a.m.           Official Mardi Gras! Galveston Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K (Entertainment District)
12:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Bare Necessity (Bud Light Stage)  
12:00 p.m.          Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Parade (Seawall & Entertainment District)
1:00 p.m.             Zaniest Golf Cart Parade (Entertainment District)
3:00 p.m.             Krewe d’iHeart Media Art Car Parade (Entertainment District)
4:15 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: The Line Up (Bud Light Stage)
5:00 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Qwest (Electric Stage)
5:30 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: Everclear (Bud Light Stage)
6:00 p.m.             Krewe of Gambrinus Parade (Seawall & Entertainment District)
9:00 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Phon (Electric Stage)
10:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Sprung (Bud Light Stage)
11:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Made Monster (Electric Stage)
11:45 a.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Alianza (Bud Light Stage)
1:00 p.m.             Fiesta Gras Estrella TV Parade (Entertainment District)
2:30 p.m.             Mardi Gras Concert: La Mafia (Bud Light Stage)
4:00 p.m              Mega 101 Fiesta Gras Parade (Entertainment District)
To purchase tickets or for more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston, visit
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 Ivette Wilhelm, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 409-797-5124 or

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