Mardi Gras! Galveston is the largest such celebration in Texas (parties, parades and performances are spread out over the entire island). With a rich history reaching back all the way to the mid-19th century, it's the ultimate party, the last blast of decadence and debauchery before the Lenten season starts. Saturday will be a great time to catch some of the parades. The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, one of the first krewes organized when Mardi Gras was first revived in Galveston in 1985, will kick off at noon at the Seawall. A golf cart parade (you can rent one to participate!) and an Art Car parade will follow downtown, with the Krewe of Gambrinus throwing one of their patented exuberant parades as the evening drops. Meanwhile over on the 23rd St. Budweiser Stage you can catch Tonic. The band, which snagged two Grammy nominations and a major hit with ''If You Could Only See'' in the late 1990s, is back in force. Caitie Taylor and Mambo Jazz Kings play earlier in the day. Times and locations vary. Through February 12.
Feb. 1-12, 2013