The 108th Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the U.S., brings the parade experience to the beach on Galveston Island..
The annual event begins on Friday, Feb. 22 and ends on Fat Tuesday, March 5. More than 350,000 people are projected to attend the 30+ concerts, parades, balcony parties and several elegant balls.
The traditional festival of Mardi Gras that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867.
Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell following a "sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times."