Relive legendary revelry at the 99th Mardi Gras Galveston
February 5-16, 2010
GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas– The legendary revelry of Mardi Gras Galveston returns February 5-16, 2010 for its 99th celebration. The Island comes alive with 10 extravagant parades, more than 50 galas and festive events, bead throwing, exhibits, live entertainment, and the best Gulf Coast cuisine. Island favorites, the Philadelphia Mummers, will also be returning to perform at various Mardi Gras functions and parades.
As one of the most popular annual events to take place in Texas, Mardi Gras welcomes more than 200,000 people to partake in laughter, celebration and people watching. Mardi Gras Galveston offers something for everyone including a beachfront carnival, day and night parades, shopping, and nightly entertainment in the Historic Downtown.
“Mardi Gras Galveston is a fun event for the whole family,” said Lou Muller, executive director for the Galveston Island Park Board. “With a variety of activities taking place all across the Island people can be a part of free parades and bead catching or splurge on a luxury gala.”
As part of the family entertainment, there are a number of beachfront and Strand parades ranging from the lavish Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, Krewe of Gambrinus and Krewe of Aquarius parades; Fire truck Parade, Krewe of Barkus and Meoux (pets and their owners), Children’s Parade (kid size floats with small fry bead throwers), Bicycle Parade and Truck Parade.
Galas include the Annual Treasure Ball Pageant, benefiting Galveston Catholic Schools; Special Peoples Ball, benefiting people with special needs; and Royal Krewe of Barkus & Meoux, benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society. In addition, there is the renowned San Luis Costume Contest and a whole host of black tie galas at the San Luis Hotel and Resort and the Tremont House.
One of the most popular participants of Galveston Island’s annual celebration, the Philadelphia Mummers, will return in full regalia to the pre-Lenten festivities. Dressed in brilliant ornate costumes, the forty-five member group of strings, banjos and horns, will lead off the Mardi Gras festivities and perform during various events. A spectacle not to be missed, their performance is an Island tradition.
About Mardi Gras! Galveston
According to Galveston history, Mardi Gras began in 1867, however following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1984. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas, the event has grown in cultural creativity and imagination, showcasing lavish parades, galas worthy of royalty, original artwork, children’s activities and delicious Gulf Coast cuisine.
Still led by prominent Galvestonians and their respective krewes, the grandeur is evident in the dueling parades that range from whimsical daytime processionals to elaborate night parades offering dramatic flair. The streets come to life with parade viewers screaming for beads, lively tunes heard by the colorful marching bands, and the infectious merriment that dominates the Island for two full weeks.
Visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com for more information on Mardi Gras Galveston 2010
and plan to have the time of your life.