The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island's streets to life with more than 3 million beads thrown at the elaborate parades, lively tunes by the colorful marching bands, headliner performances, feasting and more. This year marks the 109th Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration, taking place from Feb. 14-25, 2020.
Highlights inculde the festive parades (including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, Krewe Gambrinus and Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade as they come to the Entertainment District), which you can watch from a balcony party on the Strand! Balcony parties include admission into the Entertainment District, access to the balcony party with cash bar and music and a VIP view of the Mardi Gras festivities! Find the schedule of parades here.
The two-week event also includes non-stop entertainment on the Budweiser Stage and Electric Mardi Gras Stage. Texas rock legends Blue October and Bowling for Soup will give headline performances, and other entertainment highlights include La Leyenda and Bidi Bidi Banda and hip hop legend Bun B, who will serve as Grand Marshal of a new parade. Find the full entertainment lineup here.