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Alternative Rock Band Collective Soul and Country Star Cory Morrow to Headline Galveston Mardi Gras 2016

Entertainment Announced for Texas’ Largest Mardi Gras Celebration

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (December 16, 2015) – Rock band Collective Soul and country music star Cory Morrow will give headline performances at Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration, taking place Jan. 29 – Feb. 6, 2016 in Galveston.

Collective Soul, a multi-platinum quintet that has been making No. 1 hits like “Shine” and “Heavy” for decades, will perform live at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 in downtown Galveston’s Saengerfest Park on the Budweiser Stage during the kick-off weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston.

Texas Country Star Cory Morrow will bring his rollicking, soulful, feel-good sound to Galveston during a 10:30 p.m. concert Friday, Feb. 5 on the Budweiser Stage at Saengerfest Park, located at the corner of Strand and 23rd streets.

In addition, a new Sounds of New Orleans tent has been added to the festival. The tent, which will feature Zydeco music, crawfish and a draft beer wall, will be located in the downtown entertainment district at the corner of 22nd and Strand streets.

For lovers of electronic dance music, “Electric Mardi Gras” will return to downtown Galveston. This area will provide one big party with continuous concerts, beat-thumping DJs and laser light shows on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the celebration.

More than 30 concerts will take place during Galveston’s two-week-long Mardi Gras event. In addition to live entertainment, the festival will feature 22 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls.

Concert admissions are included in the general admission price to enter the Mardi Gras! Galveston downtown entertainment district. Discounted tickets are available online for $10 each until January 20, 2016. Tickets will be $17 at the gate.

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.

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