Press Room

Who We Are

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization of Galveston Island, Texas... Read more.


Media Contacts

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

Caitlin Carnes
Public Reliations Manager
Office: (409) 797-5121
ccarnes@galvestoncvb.com

Clayton Kolavo
Social Media Strategist
Office: (409)797-5120
ckolavo@galvestoncvb.com


Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Email: mbassett@galvestoncvb.com
Galveston Mardi Gras Celebration Kicks Off Friday
 
Texas’ Largest Mardi Gras Celebration to Feature Two Weekends of Parades, Concerts
 
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (February 12, 2020) – 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. At 8:30 p.m., hundreds of umbrella dancers will twist through the streets of downtown Galveston at the tenth annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. The 10 p.m. Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade and several concerts will keep the party going through the night.
 
On Saturday, 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 top-40 band Blue October who will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the Corona Stage located at 23rd and Strand streets inside the Mardi Gras Entertainment District. For fans 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 fourth year featuring headliners Los Herederos Nuevo Leon and Bidi Bidi Banda, plus two themed parades. The Fiesta Gras area will be located in the downtown entertainment district at the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
 
For more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
 
First Weekend Major Events
 
FRIDAY
5:00 p.m.           Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Pre-Party (Electric Stage)
5:15 p.m.            Mardi Gras Concert: Nervous Rex (Corona 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: Harbors Over Highways (Corona Stage) 
8:30 p.m.            Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade (Entertainment District)
9:00 p.m.            Mardi Gras Concert: AK Ya’Daddy! (Electric Stage)
10:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade (Entertainment District)
10:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: Bare Necessity (Corona Stage)
10:30 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: Tony Styles (Electric Stage)
12:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Nonstopp (Electric Stage)
 
SATURDAY
11:00 a.m.         Official Mardi Gras! Galveston Jolly Jester Jaunt 5K (Entertainment District)
12:00 p.m.         Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Parade (Seawall & Entertainment District)
12:30 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: Global Village (Corona Stage)
1:00 p.m.            Zaniest Golf Cart Parade (Entertainment District)
2:30 p.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Treble Hook (Corona Stage)
3:00 p.m.            Krewe d’iHeart Media Art Car Parade (Entertainment District)
5:00 p.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Anarchy (Electric Stage)
5:30 p.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Blue October (Corona Stage)
6:00 p.m.            Krewe of Gambrinus Parade (Seawall & Entertainment District)
7:00 p.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Zitro (Electric Stage)
8:00 p.m.            Mardi Gras Concert: Grey The Mute (Electric Stage)
10:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: The Line Up (Corona Stage)
10:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: DJ T3 (Electric Stage)
11:30 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Squared (Electric Stage)
 
SUNDAY
12:00 p.m.         Mardi Gras Concert: Bidi Bidi Banda (Corona Stage)
1:00 p.m.            Fiesta Gras Kickoff Parade (Entertainment District)
2:30 p.m.           Mardi Gras Concert: Los Herederos De Nuevo Leon (Corona Stage)
4:00 p.m            Mega 101 Fiesta Gras Parade (Entertainment District)
 
To purchase tickets or for more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston, 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 Mary Beth Bassett, public relations director for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 409-797-5121 or mbassett@galvestoncvb.com.
     
 

© 2013 Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
601 Tremont Street | Galveston TX 77550 | (409)797-5145 | (866)505-4456