Mardi GrasSuper Bowl’s not the only thing kicking off this winter. Galveston Island welcomes you to something very unique and special. Down in the south there’s a tradition in the month of February, of carefree debauchery and (almost) endless celebration. You guessed it! It’s The party crawl we call, Mardi Gras! Happening February 17-28, 2017. Mark your calendars!

Some know it as the time a year were you try to catch as many beads as possible while having the greatest time of your life. You can go to parades morning, noon, and night, whichever you prefer. There are parades for everyone. Adults, families, children, and even your pets can participate in the festivities!

Let the good times roll as you boogie to the groovin’ tunes of the marching bands, dancing queens, and shiny things. Admire in awe at the elaborate floats passing by. Be bedazzled by the exquisite masquerade balls and galas adorned with Kings, Queens, and royalty galore. Crown yourself as royalty as well!

Visit the island’s many shops in the Historic Strand District in downtown Galveston where you can explore hundreds of varieties of beads, masks, decor and accessories for this annual two week long holiday.

Indulge your taste buds in the eclectic choices of fantastic foods, beachfront, bayside, and everywhere in between. Multiple casual and fine dining bars and restaurants with a variety of flavors and cultures to keep your senses stimulated.

Come to the island, rent a loft or vacation beach house, wear something comfortable for exploring all of the sites and sounds the island has to offer. Visit East or Stewart beach, state park, rent a canopy through Gulf Coast Concierge, go fishing, grab the clubs for a few rounds of golf or just practice on your drive. Whatever it is you want, the island has it.

Ryson Real Estate and Vacation Rentals are the pros to getting you into a rental for the celebration. Rentals usually sell out during these two weeks! Mardi Gras is just around the corner. HURRY! Call today! (409)740-1600





Friday, February 17, 2017

George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)

George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade, 7 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade, 8 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe of Olympus Parade, 10 p.m. (Entertainment District)


Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017

Official Mardi Gras! Galveston 5K & 10K (New this year!) Run, 9:00 a.m. (Entertainment District)

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade, 12 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)

Zaniest Golf Cart Parade, 1 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe d’iHeartRadio Art Car Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe of Gambrinus Parade, 6 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)


Friday, Feb. 24, 2017

Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, 7 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe Babalu 12th Annual “All Krewe Parade,” 8 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe of Maximilian Parade, 9:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)


Saturday, Feb. 25, 2016

Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade, 11 a.m. (Seawall)

Z Krewe 23rd Z Processional, 1:00 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Houston Chronicle Neauxs Krewe Parade, 2:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade, 3:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, 6:30 p.m. (Seawall & Entertainment District)


Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017 (Family Gras!)

Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade, 12 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, 1:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)

Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, 3 p.m. (Entertainment District)


Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017

Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade, 6:30 p.m. (Entertainment District)