Mardi Gras! Galveston

Want a little Lone Star flavor with your Mardi Gras celebration? We suggest Mardi Gras! Galveston. “This year, we’ve made the parades bigger and routes longer with two new parades downtown. And you can watch parades both downtown and on the beachfront,” says Leah Cast, public relations manager for the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. “If you’re looking for a good party, we have that. If you’re looking for a family-friendly setting, we have events for that, too.”

Altogether, Mardi Gras! Galveston offers 38 concerts (including country-rocker Uncle Kracker and electronic music DJ Clockwork), 24 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. And more than 3 million beads will be thrown from floats in the downtown district. Mardi Gras! Galveston is a ticketed event, so be sure you have the right one. Times vary. February 21 to March 4. Downtown Galveston. For information, visit mardigrasgalveston.com. Prices vary.
Feb. 21-March 4, 2014

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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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