Galveston offers the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States! Since we only live 30 mins from Galveston, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate! Before moving to Texas, I never really heard a lot about Mardi Gras. I guess you could say this celebration is not very popular on the coast of North Carolina. However, that’s totally not the case of Texas!
From hotels to restaurants to stores to even peoples’ homes, everywhere is decorated for Mardi Gras! Hotels decorated trees themed of Mardi Gras traditions and restaurants offer Mardi Gras cocktails and desserts! People decorate their homes and create art with their beads! Mardi Gras is literally one big holiday!
“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.”
The island’s 106th Mardi Gras celebration was a total blast! There were 30+ concerts, 24 parades, 20 balcony parties and several elegant balls. Did I mention all the parades?! Galveston even hosted a 5K run to celebrate Mardi Gras! Galveston really host a great Mardi Gras celebration!
Andrew and I went last year with our friends to watch the many parades and have beads tossed at us. It was seriously so much fun and a totally new experience for us. We decided to step it up this year and attend the Krewe of Thalasar Annual Mardi Gras Ball! It was catered to feature all of Mardi Gras finest traditions. The open bar and private balcony tossing beads unforgettable! We danced, watched parades from the balcony, and celebrated Mardi Gras like never before!
Did you celebrate Mardi Gras this year?!