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Mardi Gras 2009
Null-Lairson Dannenbaum Engineering
City of Galveston
News Release
Tuesday, January 27, 2009

City of Galveston Prepares for Mardi Gras! Galveston 

Galveston, Texas - The City of Galveston welcomes revelers to the island for Mardi Gras 2009. Mardi Gras! Galveston will run from February 13 through February 24, 2009.  Please note the street closures, parking guidelines, public safety information, and vendor news. 

First Weekend – Street Closures
Downtown Entertainment District:
Prior to Friday, February 13th, 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 from Harborside to Mechanic, 20th to 25th Streets.
 
Seawall Parade Routes:
Parades are scheduled to begin at noon on Saturday, February 14th.  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. 

Second Weekend – Street Closures

Downtown Entertainment District:

Prior to Friday, February 20th, No Parking signs will appear downtown alerting the public about weekend street closures.  Starting at 2:00 p.m. crews from Public Works will close intersections and by 5:00 p.m. Strand and Mechanic will be open to pedestrian traffic only from Harborside to Market, 20th to 25th Streets.
 
Seawall Parade Routes:
Saturday, February 21st:
To accommodate several parades street closures along Seawall Blvd. will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 21st.  Please note the following traffic schedule: 

  • West-bound traffic will be closed on Seawall Blvd. between 16th and 19th Streets from 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Access streets leading to Seawall will be barricaded in that area. 
  • East and west-bound traffic will be closed on Seawall Blvd between 25th and 33rd Streets from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Access streets leading to Seawall will be barricaded in that area.
  • East and west-bound traffic will be closed on Seawall Blvd between 16th and 29th Streets from 3:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  Access streets leading to Seawall will be barricaded in that area.  
  • Additionally, 25th Street from Seawall Blvd. to Market will be closed from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. to safely allow for the night parade.

Sunday, February 22nd:
To accommodate two parades east and west-bound traffic will be closed on Seawall Blvd. between 25th and 53rd Streets from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Access streets leading to Seawall will be barricaded in that area. 

Fat Tuesday – Street Closures
On Tuesday, February 24th, Public Works crews will close streets inside the Downtown Entertainment District at 5:30 p.m. in anticipation of the Fat Tuesday Parade.  The area Harborside to Church, 18th to 26th Streets will be closed for the festivities.  All streets will re-open no later than 11:00 p.m. 

Seawall Parking
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.  The Galveston Police Department reminds residents and visitors of parking protocol: do not try 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.  

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 strictlyprohibited.
 
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.
 
The City of Galveston will not open its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for Mardi Gras this year. 
 
Vendor News
Anyone interested in becoming a strolling vendor or operating a concession at this year’s event is directed to call: Bettah Beach Productions, Inc., (409) 457-3993,
mardigrasgalveston@hotmail.com .




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