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Mardi Gras 2008
City of Galveston
News Release
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

City of Galveston Prepares for Mardi Gras! Galveston

The City of Galveston welcomes revelers to the island for Mardi Gras 2008.  Mardi Gras! Galveston will run from January 25 through February 5, 2008.  Please note the street closures, parking guidelines, public safety information, and vendor guidelines.

Street Closures - First Weekend
Prior to Friday, January 25th, No Parking signs will appear downtown alerting the public about weekend street closures.  Crews from Public Works will close intersections in the late afternoon and by 5:00 p.m. Strand will be open to pedestrian traffic only.

Parades are scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, January 26th.  Access streets leading to Seawall between 10th and 69th Streets will be barricaded from 10:30 a.m. to as late as 10:00 p.m. that night.  Vehicles will be directed westbound away from the parades.

Seawall Parking - First Weekend
There will be a number of areas along the Seawall designated as no parking zones or restricted access areas.  The City reminds all revelers to take note of these areas when parking their vehicles.

Available parking spots along Seawall are likely to fill up rapidly in anticipation of Seawall parades.  Galveston Chief of Police, Chief Mack, reminds residents and visitors of parking protocol.  “I do not intend to get into squabbles over people parking for that extended period of time as long as they are not trying to cover space with anything other than a properly registered vehicle or trailer. Cones, chairs, ropes, chains and the like will be removed at the owners expense,” he indicated. 

Public Safety
Maintaining public safety throughout the Mardi Gras celebration is a priority for the City of Galveston.  General safety suggestions include:

·    Stay aware of your surroundings
·    Exercise caution
·    Keep track of personal belongings
·    Use your common sense

Be mindful that event areas will be crowded and offer opportunities for those who might be inclined to indulge in criminal behavior.  Exercise common sense to reduce your vulnerability to crime.

As stated in the Mardi Gras section of the City Code, glass and silly string are strictly prohibited.

The Police will operate a Mobile Command Station on 22nd Street between Market and Mechanic for the duration of the weekend.  For emergencies, please dial 9-1-1.  For non-emergencies, please call Police dispatch at (409) 765-3702.

Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
The City of Galveston will open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Friday, January 25th at 5:00 p.m. The public is encouraged to contact the center for information about street closures and city services.  Please call (409) 765-3710 to reach the EOC.  In case of emergency, please call 9-1-1 to reach police and emergency personnel.

Emergency Operations Center First Weekend Schedule:

      Friday, January 25th              5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. 
      Saturday, January 26th          12:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

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