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Parades Schedule Mardi Gras Galveston 2024

Plan your Mardi Gras! Galveston parade experiences with this guide.

During the two-week celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston, more than 20 parades will be held, making it challenging to choose which ones to attend. Check out the complete schedule of parades happening in Galveston from February 2 to 13, 2024, below.

Parade Route Mardi Gras

Experience the excitement of Mardi Gras! Galveston with over 20 parades during the two-week celebration from February 2 to 13, 2024. The guide provides details for parades during the first weekend and the second weekend plus Fat Tuesday. Full parade routes and additional information can be found in the next map. Entrance to The Strand has a gate fee, with free admission for children aged 12 and under. Parking options include lots and garages at various locations. The festival spans the two weeks leading to Lent, centered in Galveston’s historic downtown and featuring parades on Seawall Blvd. Plan your trip wisely for an unforgettable Carnival season in Galveston.

Parade Route Mardi Gras Galveston

Weekend 1 Parade Schedule

See below for parades taking place during the first weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston (February 2-4, 2024). Full parade routes and more can be found here.

5:00 PM – Party Gras! Procession

Witness the arrival of the George P. Mitchell Honoree and special guests at The Tremont House, led by a lively brass band, marking the commencement of the Friday night festivities. The procession kicks off from The Press Box on 24th & Postoffice and concludes at The Tremont House for the 2024 award presentation – stay tuned for the announcement of the honorees!

5:30 PM – George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation

Established to honor George P. Mitchell and other key contributors to Mardi Gras’ revival and preservation, this award ceremony takes place in front of The Tremont House. The names of recipients are engraved on a plaque displayed in the lobby of The Tremont House. Following the presentation, the Salute to George P. Mitchell Parade begins, officially launching the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities.

7:00 PM – George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade

Immediately following the award presentation, this vibrant parade marks the official start of Mardi Gras Galveston 2024! Packed with marching bands, dancing squads, and high energy, the parade features renowned groups like the Bio Hazard Brass Band, Beaumont Marching Band, Worthington Marching Band, Galveston Ball High School Marching Band, Alief Marching Band, Houston Dance Tsunami, Sensational 25K Dance Team, and The Isla Krewe. The parade route begins at 25th & Mechanic Street, circling around Mechanic & Strand Street, stretching from 25th to 20th.

8:30 PM – The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade

Known for breaking world records since 2011, The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade returns in 2024 with an expected larger turnout. This lively parade, featuring participants with decorated umbrellas, dances along the route, even stopping for the “Hokey Pokey” under the iconic Mardi Gras Arch next to The Tremont Hotel.

10:00 PM – Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade

Close out the first day of Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2024, with the festive night parade winding through the Entertainment District. Nine festive floats will be tossing beads and trinkets, accompanied by marching bands and dancers, creating an exhilarating atmosphere. Stay tuned for the announcement of participating groups and bands!

11:00 AM – The Jolly Jester Jaunt – Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K

Start your Saturday morning with a jaunt through the Entertainment District in the Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K, known as The Jolly Jester Jaunt. Runners decked out in Mardi Gras-themed t-shirts, socks, and jester hats will traverse the route, culminating in a festive finish with complimentary libations and a balcony party. What better way to combine exercise and fun than jaunting with friends and family down the Strand adorned in joker hats and whimsical socks?

12:00 PM – Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade

Commencing on the Seawall and making its way through the Entertainment District, The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade, established in March 1985, stands as the second oldest Mardi Gras Social Organization since its revival. The parade, featuring 65 units, includes 12 Aquarius double-decker floats, 15 marching bands, dance teams, and various other floats and walking units. Starting at 57th and Seawall, the parade heads east towards 25th street, travels down 25th street, enters the Entertainment District at 25th and Mechanic, and proceeds down Strand street.

1:00 PM – 13th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade

Watch as zany golf carts adorned in Mardi Gras! themed decorations roll down the Strand in the 13th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade. Created in 2011, this event encourages both the community and visitors to actively participate in and enjoy the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities. Participants can even compete for balcony party tickets in a cart-decorating contest, adding an extra layer of excitement.

3:00 PM – Mix Radio, Art Car, & Jeep Parade

A visual feast awaits in the Mix Radio, Art Car, & Jeep Parade! This unique parade showcases rolling art (cars) from the ArtX Group (Houston, TX) and 40 creatively decorated jeeps from various locations, including entries from as far away as Canada. Perfect for families, creative enthusiasts, and Jeep lovers, this parade celebrates artistry and craftsmanship.

6:00 PM – Krewe of Gambrinus Parade

Marked as one of the two Galveston Super Parades, the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade launches 14 Huge Floats and an equal number of marching bands, showering the crowd with over 600,000 beads and trinkets. As a not-for-profit organization, the Krewe of Gambrinus is dedicated to supporting tourism and underprivileged children in Galveston, Harris, and surrounding counties. The parade route begins at 57th and Seawall, moves east towards 25th street, enters the Entertainment District at 25th and Mechanic, and proceeds down Strand street.

1:00 PM – Univision Houston Parade with Grand Marshal Karina Gonzalez

Join the celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the Univision Houston Parade, led by Grand Marshal Karina Gonzalez. This vibrant parade showcases Floats, Walking Groups, Marching Bands, Dance Krews, and various Hispanic Heritage Organizations. Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere, catching beads, enjoying live bands and dancing, and witnessing a stunning display of costumes and pageantry.

4:00 PM – Los Locos Vaqueros & Jeeps Parade

It’s time to embrace the craziness! The Los Locos Vaqueros & Jeeps Parade promises a lively spectacle with Mardi Gras! Galveston-themed jeeps, Marching Bands, Mariachi Bands, and Decorated Floats tossing beads, candy, and other Mardi Gras swag. Get ready for an exuberant display of fun and excitement!

Weekend 2 & Tuesday Parade Schedule

See below for parades taking place during the second weekend and Fat Tuesday during Mardi Gras! Galveston (February 9-11 & 13, 2024). Full parade routes and more can be found here.

6:30 PM – Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade with Grand Marshal Erica Rico

A cherished tradition, The Danny Weber Memorial Parade showcases over 25 Fire Trucks from South East Houston, League City, Hitchcock, La Marque, Jamaica Beach, and Galveston. The resounding symphony of sirens and horns echoing through the Entertainment District continues to captivate Mardi Gras! Galveston attendees, solidifying this parade as a perennial crowd favorite.

7:30 PM – Krewe Babalu “All Krewe” Parade

Established in 1995 by Guy Taylor, Krewe Babalu is known as the “every man’s Mardi Gras krewe.” Its mission is to promote Mardi Gras festivities on Galveston Island and foster civic and social activities within the organization and the city of Galveston.

Parade Route: Starting at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, the parade proceeds south on 25th Street, turns at 25th and Mechanic, and completes two loops around Strand/Mechanic.

9:00 PM – Krewe of 93Q Parade

Conclude the second Friday of Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2024, with the lively Krewe of 93Q Parade. Revelers will be treated to a vibrant night parade encircling the Entertainment District. Anticipate spirited Drum Majors, Rolling Party Floats, and an abundance of excitement to cap off the evening’s celebrations!

11:00 AM – Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade

Experience the unique Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, the sole Black Catholic Krewe on the island. Originating from the annual Mardi Gras Pageant initiated by Rev. Father Louis Saparito and continued by Holy Family Parish, this parade showcases high-stepping Marching Bands from Houston and the surrounding area, along with Drill Teams, ROTC groups, the Krewe Royalty, Committee Members, Church Organizations, and numerous church members.

Parade Route: Commencing on 27th Street at Ave O, the parade travels south to Seawall Blvd., turns west to 31st Street, turns north to Ave N, and then turns east to return to 27th Street. END (1.2 miles)

1:00 PM – Z Krewe Z Parade

Led by Big Daddy and Big Momma, followed by King and Queen Zanie and their royal Zoots and Zaftigs, the Z Krewe Z Parade boasts bands, military units, and exuberant revelers from various clubs. Hundreds of “Zannies” enthusiastically throw beads to the crowds and continue the festivities from their private balcony on Strand Street. The Z Krewe takes bead-throwing to the next level with their fantastic assortment of unique and entertaining necklaces.

Parade Route: Starting at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, the parade heads south on 25th Street, turns at 25th and Mechanic, and completes two loops around Strand/Mechanic.

2:30 PM – KRBE Krewe Parade

Get ready to dance to the rhythm of the rolling floats in the KRBE Krewe Parade! Catch beads as the floats cruise through the Entertainment District. This parade features dancers, marvels, and more!

4:00 PM – Ben E Keith Parade

Join the festivities as the Ben E Keith Parade winds its way through the Entertainment District during the second Saturday of Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2024.

5:00 PM – Jumpin’ Jays Bumpin’ Bus Parade with Grand Marshal Edgar Medina

Embark on a true party experience with the Jumpin’ Jays Bumpin’ Bus Parade, featuring over 20 decked-out party buses rolling through The Entertainment District, playing music and tossing beads. The iconic Dancing Queen, Dancing King, and Lemonade Bus have become staples for all Galveston Parade Celebrations.

6:00 PM – Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

Witness the grandeur of the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade as Galveston’s oldest Krewe parades down 25th Street and around the Entertainment District. This spectacular parade showcases a vibrant fleet of colorful floats, marching bands from all over the state, dignitaries, and more!

Parade Route: Beginning on Seawall, the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade heads west towards 25th street, travels north down 25th, enters the Entertainment District at 25th and Mechanic, and proceeds down the Strand.

12:00 PM – Shriners Children’s Texas & Sunshine Kids Parade

Hundreds of Sunshine Kids and Shriners children, accompanied by their families, enjoy lunch and toss beads from a balcony on Strand Street. The parade kicks off at 12:00 pm, featuring the joyful throwing of beads, candy, and more!

Parade Route: Starting at Santa Fe Place, the parade loops twice around Strand/Mechanic.

1:30 PM – Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade

Initiated 25 years ago by The Humane Society to provide a way for locals and their pets to participate in Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities, the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade has become a beloved tradition. Each year, the parade is led by the “Elite Pet Owner,” a title awarded at the annual Paws Gala in September. This year’s winner is Mary Cooper. The Krewe also continues the Cat’s Eye View Balcony Party, growing bigger and better each year.

3:00 PM – Firefighters Children’s Parade

Local firefighters and first responders organize a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston, featuring decorated floats and costumed kids. In 2005, the Galveston Firefighters took on the role of parade coordinator to “Save the Children’s Parade,” considering it a vital tradition for Mardi Gras. Since the parades are the main attraction and the Children’s Parade is the only Mardi Gras activity tailored for children, the firefighters are committed to keeping this tradition alive.

Parade Route: The parade begins at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place, heading south on 25th Street. It turns at 25th and Postoffice, proceeds east down Postoffice Street, turns north on 19th Street, west on Strand Street, and concludes at 25th and Strand.

6:30 PM – Mystic Krewe of Aquarius

On February 13, 2024, at 6:30 pm, the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius will host its annual “Fat Tuesday” Mardi Gras Parade. The festivities commence at 28th and Market Street downtown, winding its way through Postoffice Street and the historic Strand district. This all-Krewe parade promises the final hours of Mardi Gras Galveston 2024, featuring marching bands, dance teams, and participating Krewes.

Parade Route: Starting at 28th and Market Street, the parade heads east to 25th Street (Rosenberg), makes a right turn to Postoffice Street, takes a left and proceeds to 19th Street, turns left to Strand, makes another left and proceeds to 25th Street, concluding the celebration.

What To Expect for the Galveston Mardi Gras 2024

Entrance into The Strand requires a gate fee, but children aged 12 and under enjoy free admission. Parking options include lots at 21st & Market Street, 20th & Market Street, and 20th & Postoffice Street, as well as garages at 25th & Harborside Drive and 22nd & Market Street. Additionally, if fortunate, metered street parking might be available.

GET THE MOST OUT OF MARDI GRAS! GALVESTON

If you’re considering a trip to Galveston for the upcoming Carnival season, it’s wise to be aware of what awaits you. The festival in Galveston spans the two weeks leading up to Lent and concludes on the official Mardi Gras date. The majority of the festivities unfold in Galveston’s historic downtown, with parades also gracing Seawall Blvd.

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