Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade Schedules

Your guide to planning your Mardi Gras! Galveston parade experiences.

With over 20 parades taking place over the course of two weeks during Mardi Gras! Galveston, it can be tough deciding which to attend. See below for a full schedule of parades taking place in Galveston from February 15 to March 1.

pictured: Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade

General Information

What to Expect

There is a gate fee for entrance into The Strand, but children ages 12 and under can enter for free. Parking lots are located at 21st & Market Street; 20th & Market Street; and 20th & Postoffice Street, and garages are located at 25th & Harborside Drive and 22nd & Market Street. If you are lucky, you may also be able to find metered street parking.

Get the Most Out of Mardi Gras! Galveston

If you are planning to head to Galveston for the next Carnival season, it is a good idea to know what to expect. Galveston’s festival takes place for the two weeks preceding Lent and ends on the official Mardi Gras date. Most festivities take place in Galveston’s historic downtown, with parades also along Seawall Blvd.

Friday, February 25 | Salute to Texas – First Responders Day
Friday Feb. 25th @ 7PM

A much-loved tradition, The Danny Weber Memorial Parade features more than 25 Fire Trucks from South East Houston, League City, Hitchcock, La Marque, Jamaica Beach and Galveston. The impressive chorus of sirens and horns that fill the Entertainment District continues to captivate Mardi Gras! Galveston attendees, making this parade a crowd favorite.

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Fri. Feb. 25 @ 8PM

Krewe Babalu is the “every man’s mardi gras krewe” founded in 1995 by Guy Taylor with the purpose of promoting Mardi Gras festivities on Galveston Island and promoting civic and social activities within the organization and the city of Galveston.

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Fri. Feb. 25 @ 9:30PM

Revelers will enjoy this festive night parade, as it circles the Entertainment District wrapping up the second Friday of celebrations for Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2022. Crowd favorites, Booker T Washington & The Worthington High School Marching Band are both back for 2022. Get ready for some high stepping Drum Majors, Rolling Party Floats and tons of excitement.

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Saturday, February 26
Sat. Feb. 26 @ 11AM
Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade

Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire is the only Black Catholic Krewe located on the island. Their annual Mardi Gras Pageant was started by Rev. Father Louis Saparito and the tradition continues today with Holy Family Parish. The Parade features many high stepping Marching Bands from Houston and the surrounding area along with Drill Teams, ROTC groups, the Krewe Royalty, Committee Members, Church Organizations and many of the church members.

Sat. Feb. 26 @ 1PM
Z Krewe Z Processional

This parade features bands, military units and zany revelers from multiple clubs, and is led by Big Daddy and Big Momma, followed by King and Queen Zanie and their royal Zoots and Zaftigs. Hundreds of “Zannies” throw beads to the crowds and continue to do so after the parade from their private balcony on Strand Street. Z Krewe takes bead-throwing to the next level with their awesome assortment of unique and fun necklaces!

Sat. Feb. 26 @ 2:30PM
Mardi Gras Kings Parade

The Mix 96.5 Parade hosts an array of on-air radio ticket winners from around the Houston area. Riders dance to today’s top hits as they cruise through the Entertainment District tossing beads to parade spectators.

Sat. Feb. 26 @ 3:30PM
Ben E Keith Parade

Revelers will enjoy this festive parade, as it circles the Entertainment District during the second Saturday of celebrations for Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2022.

Sat. Feb. 26 @ 6PM
Jumpin’ Jays Bumpin’ Bus Parade

This is a true party parade that will get you moving and grooving. More than 20 decked-out party buses roll through The Entertainment District bumping music and throwing beads. The iconic Dancing Queen, Dancing King & Lemonade Bus have become a staple for all Galveston Parade Celebrations.

Sat. Feb. 26 @ 6:30PM

Crowds grow large as Galveston’s oldest Krewe parades down 25th Street and around the Entertainment District. The Grand Night Parade features a magnificent fleet of colorful floats, marching bands from all over the state, dignitaries, and more!

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Sunday, February 27 | Family Gras
Sun. Feb. 27 @ 12PM

100’s of Sunshine Kids and Shiners children, along with their families, enjoy lunch & throw beads off the C-Force Water by Chuck Norris balcony on Strand Street. They will also kick off their parade at 12:00pm throwing beads, candy & more!

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Sun. Feb. 27 @ 1:30PM

Stemming from a desire for locals and their pets to have a way to be involved in the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities, The Humane Society created the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade 22 years ago, and this crowd-pleasing event has been going strong ever since! Leading the parade each year is the “Elite Pet Owner”- a title awarded at the annual, Paws Gala, which is held each September. This year, the winner was Concetta Maceo. The Krewe also continued the relatively new, Cat’s Eye View Balcony Party in 2020, which grows bigger and better each year.

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Sun. Feb. 27 @ 3PM

Local firefighters and first responders host a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston with decorated floats and costumed kids. In 2005 the Galveston Firefighters stepped forward to “Save the Children’s Parade” by assuming the role of parade coordinator. The Firefighters felt that since the parades are the main attraction to Mardi Gras, and because the Children’s Parade was the only Mardi Gras activity geared toward children, it was important to keep the tradition alive.

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Tuesday , March 1 | Fat Tuesday
Tue., Mar. 1 @ 6:30PM
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius annual “Fat Tuesday “ Mardi Gras Parade will be March 1, 2022 at 6:30 pm beginning at 28th and Market street downtown and make it’s way through Postoffice street and Strand historic district. The all Krewe parade will feature marching bands, dance teams and participating Krewes in the final hours of Mardi Gras Galveston 2022.

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Mardi Gras! Galveston Weekend 1 Schedule

Look back on the first weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2022 below.

Fri., Feb. 18 @ 5PM

The Mardi Gras! Galveston fun begins with a Party Gras! Procession on Friday, February 18 at 5PM. Watch the George P. Mitchell Honoree & special guests arrive at The Tremont House led by a brass band, kicking off the Friday night celebration. The procession will begin from The Press Box on 24th & Postoffice and end at The Tremont House for the 2022 award Presentation Honoring Richard & Carol Ivey.

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Friday, February 18
Fri., Feb. 18 @ 7PM

Following the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Presentation, this is the first parade to kick off Mardi Gras! Galveston 2022. This parade is packed with marching bands, dancing squads & tons of energy.

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Fri., Feb. 18 @ 8:30PM

The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade has been breaking World Records for having the most decorated umbrellas in a single parade since 2011. Returning in 2019 with an impressive 1,980 participants, paraders danced along on their route, stopping to perform the “Hokey Pokey” under the iconic Mardi Gras Arch next to The Tremont Hotel. Over the years, fans from all around Texas have traveled to Mardi Gras! Galveston to claim a spot in the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade. This lively, bedazzled parade continues to gain momentum and an even bigger turn-out is predicted for 2022.

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Fri., Feb. 18 @ 10PM

Revelers will enjoy this festive night parade, as it circles the Entertainment District wrapping up the first day of celebrations for Mardi Gras! Galveston, 2022. A group of festive floats will be throwing beads and trinkets, plus more marching bands & dancers bringing the hype.

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Saturday, February 19
Sat., Feb. 19 @ 11AM

Runners dawning Mardi Gras-themed t-shirts, socks and jester hats will “jaunt” through the Entertainment District Saturday morning for a 5k Fun Run that ends with free libations and a balcony party! Who can think of a better way to get some exercise and have some fun, than jaunting with your friends and family down the Strand in joker hats and crazy socks?

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Sat., Feb. 19 @ 12PM

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade begins on the Seawall and travels down through the Entertainment District. The Krewe was organized in March of 1985 and is the second oldest Mardi Gras Social Organization since its revival in 1985. The 65 unit parade features 12 Aquarius double-decker floats, 15 marching bands, dance teams, and numerous other floats and walking units.

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Sat., Feb. 19 @ 1PM

Zany Golf Carts take to the Strand, rolling down the parade route donning Mardi Gras! themed decorations. The event was created in 2011 to encourage the community to become participants as well as spectators in the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities. The parade is a platform for locals and visitors to get creative, interact with each other, and have some fun. Participants can even choose to compete for balcony party tickets in a cart-decorating contest!

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Sat., Feb. 19 @ 3PM

Sponsored by iHeart MEDIA (formerly Clear Channel Radio), the Krewe d’iHeartMedia Parade features 15 pieces of rolling art (cars) from the ArtX Group (Houston, TX), combined with more than 30 decorated and tricked out jeeps from all over. Entries came from as far away as Canada to participate in this one-of-a-kind parade to display their artistry and craftsmanship. This parade is an exciting experience for families, anyone with a love for creativity and of course, Jeep enthusiasts.

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Sat., Feb. 19 @ 6PM

As one of the two Galveston Super Parades, Krewe of Gambrinus launches 14 Huge Floats, and just as many marching bands, tossing over 600,000 beads and trinkets. the Krewe of Gambrinus is a not-for-profit organization, chartered for the support of tourism and underprivileged children in Galveston, Harris, and surrounding counties.

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Sunday, February 20 | Fiesta Gras
Sun., Feb. 20 @ 1PM

The El Norte y La Raza Parade will feature Floats, Walking Groups, Marching Bands, Dance Krewes & Various Hispanic Heritage Organizations. You can expect to catch beads, enjoy bands & dancing as well as a beautiful display of costumes and pageantry.

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Sun., Feb. 20 @ 4PM

Go Texans! Get excited for the 2nd Fiesta Gras Parade with celebrity Parade Marshall Roy Lopez, of The Houston Texans! This lively parade will feature Miss Galveston Latina, Marching Bands, Mariachi Bands & Decorated Floats throwing beads, candy & other Mardi Gras Swag.

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