Mardi Gras Visionary George Mitchell To Be Recognized With First Mardi Gras Parade
WHO: George Mitchell, a philanthropist, developer and visionary, played a pivotal role in the revival of Mardi Gras in Galveston.
WHAT: In 1985, George Mitchell and his late wife Cynthia threw one of the biggest Mardi Gras parties that Galveston had witnessed for decades. What began as a single parade and ball attracting 75,000 has now grown to 24 parades, 26 concerts and numerous balls and balcony parties. Mitchell is being celebrated for his contributions to Mardi Gras by parade and a newly created award named in his honor.
This year, Mardi Gras! Galveston 2012 will begin with the Party Gras Procession on Friday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. as recipients of the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award, Joan and Doug McLeod, lead a Dixieland jazz band procession from M&M Restaurant to The Tremont House. The McLeods will be presented with the first George P. Mitchell Award during a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. in front of The Tremont House.
The George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade, sponsored by Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House, begins at 7 p.m. as the first parade of the Mardi Gras season in Galveston. The parade will include a special appearance by the Budweiser Clydesdales, marching bands, festive floats and beads galore. The parade begins in front of The Tremont House and continues throughout the Mardi Gras Uptown Entertainment District.
WHERE: The Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic, Galveston, TX
WHEN: Friday, Feb. 10, 2012
5:00 p.m. – Party Gras Procession from M&M Restaurant, 2410 Church, to The Tremont House
5:30 p.m. - George P. Mitchell Award Presentation to Joan and Doug McLeod
7 p.m. – George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade, sponsored by Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House
WHY: George Mitchell and several prominent Galvestonians worked to revive Mardi Gras as a city-wide celebration to attract visitors during what was a historically a slow time of year. This 1985 city-wide celebration was held in conjunction with the opening of Mitchell’s hotel - The Tremont House.
DETAILS: The parade begins in front of The Tremont House at 2300 Mechanic and travels east to 21st Street, north to Strand, west to 25th Street, south to Mechanic, east to 21st Street, and north on 21st Street, ending at Pier 21. Galveston’s new, gated Mardi Gras entertainment district is coordinated by Yaga’s Entertainment, Inc., and will feature two stages of live entertainment and multiple parades to entertain revelers. Admission will be charged from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Saturdays.