Galveston is calling for this year's Mardi Gras to be "family friendly," but don't get excited for topless MILFs. It's not going to get that kind of friendly.
According to the Galveston County Daily News, a new promoter called Yaga Entertainment Inc. is bringing sweeping changes to the long-standing festival. "We're calling it Mardi Gras with manners," Mike Dean, the president of Yaga, told the Daily News.
Get ready for a full Fat Tuesday of behaving.
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Yaga is adding at least 27 additional security guards and cops to manage the fest, and presumably to help ladies keep their shirts on. Eight new parades will also be crammed into the lineup. But all this G-rated, tittyfree fun is going to cost you. For the first time in three years, Galveston is charging admission: $10 in advance and $15 at the gate.
Ironically, families have been the cause of most of the fest's unfriendliness. In 2008, a man in a second-story balcony allegedly dropped a cantaloupe-sized bag of beads onto a woman's head. (He claimed that his wife had dropped the bead bomb instead, but by then it was too late to charge her. The jury acquitted the man.)
And just this week, jurors are deciding the fate of a man who allegedly strangled his wife to death after she flashed a float for beads at Galveston's Mardi Gras. On Valentine's Day.
Hopefully, Galveston will be able to sidestep the familial violence this year without sacrificing all of the Mardi party.