Mardi Gras! Galveston
Where: Galveston Island, Texas
When: February 10 thru Fat Tuesday, February 21 2012
Calling all revelers, you night time partyers who like fling around purple and green and gold beads in the name of celebrate the pleasures of the flesh. Galveston is Texas' favorite beach town and is host to several festivals throughout the year. Mardi Gras in particular is a local favorites and attracts many out-of-towners from all over the state of Texas. Known for being the last celebration before it’s time to eliminate those vices during that virtuous period that takes place between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras has evolved into a celebration far beyond Rio and Bourbon Street. Mardi Gras season in Galveston has especially created a name for itself. This Spring, get tickets to Mardi Gras Galveston and get into the Carnival spirit, Texas-style. 2012 marks is 101st year of celebrating tradition. Visit during Mardi Gras and say you were there to see it all go down.
Find your tickets at the gate located in Galveston's historic Uptown Entertainment District, the ideal vantage spot for catching all the Krewe parades that take place up and down Galveston’s famous seawall during the week and a half. During that time you’ll get to see floats and parades put on by the various Galveston Krewes (of Bacchus, Babalu, Boudreax, and Zkrewe, to name a few), in keeping with the Mardi Gras tradition.
While Galveston Mardi Gras doesn’t have the wild reputation often attributed to New Orleans’ Bourbon Street, things get hectic here too. Think twice before bringing the kids along to the night parties – you never know what may happen. It’s probably better to stick to day time events with the under-twelve set, although during the week you can find fun things like face-painting and live street theater to keep the kids entertained.
Because Mardi Gras Galveston has grown into a big time event, it’s no longer feasible to visit that weekend on the fly, not when it’s estimated about 300,000 tourists flock to Galveston for this annual event. In other words, squaring away lodging logistics way ahead of time is key to everything going smoothly. Hotels and resorts are likely to jack up the prices and rooms will go faster than beads at Mardi Gras. Try looking for a Galveston vacation rental instead, a spacious beach house to house your group or an affordable condo near all the festivities. Splitting the cost of a beach house with your traveling buddies is another smart way to keep costs to a minimum, all the better for spending more on booze and food at Mardi Gras. Another hint for saving money is to make use of your rental’s kitchen and cook most meals at home. You can save a lot of money on breakfast alone if you do some grocery shopping ahead of time. Plus a home made plate of eggs and bacon can work wonders on a hangover from too much indulgence the night before.
And of course while you’re in town, take advantage of being a tourist in Galveston and take the time to explore the rest of the island beyond the Seawall, like the Strand in the downtown historical district. Mardi Gras Galveston comes to a close with the annual Fat Tuesday parade which is always held on the last day – a big blow out to end things on a high note. Because when midnight hits, the streets get quiet and it’s time to embark on forty days of clean living. Live it up while you still can at Mardi Gras Galveston and search for your Galveston rental today.
Find out more things to do in Galveston and another big festival in Galveston, Dickens on the Strand.