Mardi Gras events in Galveston include four parades taking place during the weekend.
On Saturday Krewe d’Esprit will hold its Rosaire Parade. The event kids off with Battle of the Bands begins at 9:00, and the parade begins at 11:00. The parade will start at Kempner Park 27th and Ave N down 27th to Seawall and down the Seawall to 31st and down 31st street to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
The Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. The parade, billed as Mardi Gras! Galveston's largest parade, will feature floats, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more. Parade starts at 19th and Seawall Boulevard, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 21st Street, left on 21st to The Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum.
On Sunday, the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will kick off at 1:00 p.m. Bringing out the best in people and their pets, this parade begins at 28th and Seawall and proceeds west to 47th Street, to the Academy parking lot. Pets of all sizes, shapes, and species are welcome (costumes optional). Registration begins at 11:00am and the pre- parade costume contest begins at 11:30, with the winners making up the Royal Court.
At 2:00pm the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, hosted by Firefighters Local 571, is a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The 2011 parade marches on with costumed kids and decorated floats. Begins at 27th Street and Seawall, and proceeds to 47th Street to the Academy parking lot.