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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
2nd Weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston to Feature Bowling for Soup, Family Gras
 
GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (February 18, 2020) – Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration is in full swing in Galveston as the island prepares for its second weekend of big parties, parades, bead throwing and concerts.
 
Friday is Salute to Texas First Responders Day. First responders, veterans and active military personnel, plus one guest will receive free admission to Mardi Gras! Galveston when they present their badge or military identification at the gate. Highlights include The Danny Webber Memorial Fire Truck Parade at 7 p.m. which will feature 25 fire trucks from various Houston-area stations.
 
Houston’s own hip-hop legend Bun B will be featured in the Krewe de Yaga’s Parade on Friday, Feb. 21 at 9:30 p.m.
 
Grammy-nominated pop punk band, Bowling for Soup, will perform on Friday, Feb. 21 at 10:30 p.m. on the Corona Stage at 23rd and Strand Street. Hailing from Wichita Falls, the band has produced 19 albums in 25 years. Bowling for Soup is best known for its singles "Girl All the Bad Guys Want", "1985", "Almost", and "High School Never Ends", the band is also known for performing the introductions to Nickelodeon TV show “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius” and Disney TV show “Phineas and Ferb”.
 
The fun will continue Saturday with the Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, which will host its annual Battle of the Bands at 11 a.m. at Kempner Park on 27th Street and Avenue N and travel west along Seawall Boulevard.
 
The all-new Bumpin’ Bus Parade on Saturday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m. will feature more than 20 decked-out party buses proceeding through downtown Galveston. The parade will precede the largest parade of Mardi Gras! Galveston – the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – kicking off at 6:30 p.m.
 
In addition, “Electric Mardi Gras” will continue on the Electric Stage, located at 21st and Strand streets.  This area will provide one big party for lovers of electronic dance music, with continuous concerts and beat-thumping DJs on Friday and Saturday.
 
This Sunday is “Family Gras,” presented by Moody National Bank. Family Gras is a special day in which the public can enjoy free admission to the downtown entertainment district and family-friendly activities in honor of two area children’s charities. Family Gras will kick off at 12 p.m. with the Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade, the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade and Mardi Gras Children’s Parade.
 
For parade schedules and routes, click here. For more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
 
 
 
 
Second Weekend Major Events
FRIDAY
5:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: SBMT Pre-party (Electric Stage)
5:30 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Sick Duck (Corona Stage)
7:00 p.m.          Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade (Entertainment District)
8:00 p.m.          Krewe Babalu “All Krewe Parade” (Entertainment District)
8:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Omix (Electric Stage)
8:30 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Drew Womack (Corona Stage)
9:30 p.m.          Krewe de Yaga’s Parade (Entertainment District)
10:00 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Qwest (Electric Stage)
10:30 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: Bowling for Soup (Corona Stage)
12:00 a.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Bryan Rhymez (Electric Stage)
 
 
SATURDAY
11:00 a.m.         Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Battle of the Bands (Seawall)
12:00 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: OGRE (Corona Stage)
1:00 p.m.          Z Krewe Processional (Entertainment District)
2:30 p.m.          Mix 96.5 Parade (Entertainment District)
3:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Mambo Jazz Kings (Corona Stage)
3:30 p.m.          Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade (Entertainment District)
5:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: SBMT Pre-party (Electric Stage)
5:30 p.m.          Bumpin’ Bus Parade (Entertainment District)
6:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Brandon McDermott Band (Corona Stage)
6:30 p.m.          Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade (Seawall & Entertainment District)
8:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Villa (Electric Stage)
10:00 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: EROK (Electric Stage)
10:30 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: Sprung (Corona Stage)
11:00 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: DJ Nonstopp (Electric Stage)
 
SUNDAY
12:00 p.m.        Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade (Entertainment District)
12:00 p.m.        Mardi Gras Concert: Kevin Anthony (Corona Stage)
1:30 p.m.          Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade (Entertainment District)
3:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Concert: Bilge Pumps (Corona Stage)
3:00 p.m.          Mardi Gras Children’s Parade (Entertainment District)
 
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. For more information on Mardi Gras! Galveston visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
 
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 iwilhelm@galvestoncvb.com.
     
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