Mardi Gras! Galveston
Did you know “Mardi Gras! Galveston” is one of the largest Mardi Gras celebrations in the United States?
The first Galveston revelry dates back to 1867, which included a masked ball and a theatrical performance of “King Henry IV” by Shakespeare. In 1871, Mardi Gras! Galveston was celebrated on a more impressive scale with two Mardi Gras rival societies: Knights of Momus, only known as K.O.M., and the Knights of Myth. The first “K.O.M.” celebration was at night, which included horse-drawn wagons with lit torches that paraded through the streets of downtown Galveston. They wore extravagant costumes, and after the parade, the night ended with a masked ball.
The Knights of Myth, too, had a spectacular first night parade with torch lights and horses, elaborate costumes and a gala celebration. Over the years, Mardi Gras! Galveston has morphed into a grand event with 20 parades and festivities that completely take over Galveston Island during carnival season.
Today, Mardi Gras! Galveston is a two-week celebration that ends on Fat Tuesday before the Lent season begins. Parades are along the beachfront while most of the other activities are located in historic downtown in the Mardi Gras Entertainment district. This event offers food, live entertainment stages, parades, family events… And the party list goes on!
There is no doubt Mardi Gras! Galveston is lots of fun and has an abundance of festivities for all ages. Galveston claims more than 3 million beads are thrown at the parades. If you really want to experience the fun and excitement of a parade, you can actually buy a ticket to ride in a Mardi Gras! Galveston parade.
Enjoy two weeks of Mardi Gras partying, great music, food and more, in Galveston and join the 250,000 revelers that enjoy the carnival season every year.