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Mardi Gras! Galveston​ 2024

A big celebration before Lent bring lots of color and glitter to Texas

Dates: February 2–13, 2024

Mardi Gras! Galveston​
Mardi Gras! Galveston​
Mardi Gras Galveston

The spirit of Mardi Gras resonates across several big cities in the Lone Star State. Lots of glitter, beads, masks, colorful feathers, and outrageous costumes create an unforgettable party atmosphere for the parades, balls, and concerts. The culmination of festivities takes place on Fat Tuesday, which usually falls in February, right before Lent.

What to expect

Galveston Mardi Gras is the best Mardi Gras celebration in Texas and the third biggest in the United States. The festivities include more than 300,000 party-goers every year, around 30 concerts, more than 20 parades, featuring jeep parades and a Gold Cart Parade, lots of balcony parties, and elegant masked balls. Other activities include Jolly Jester Jount 5K, Airstream Rally, and a plethora of family events.


The general admission tickets to Mardi Gras! Galveston​ fall into a 5-Day Package, a First Weekend Package, and a Second Weekend Package. Besides, you can buy your one-day ticket at the gates during the celebration. If you're up for a strand balcony party, opt for the All Access Balcony pass, which could cover either the first weekend or the second weekend events. Note that you have to be over 21 years old to get to such a party. For more information and ticket purchases please go straight to the event's official website.

Other celebrations across Texas

Port Arthur, in Southeast Texas, is another great place to celebrate this event. Here, you can find large number of food stallholders, as well as arts and crafts vendors. You are also welcome to observe a Motorcycle parade, Munchkin​ Parade, and Truck parade. The Dallas area hosts several events during this time as well. This is the place to visit for a one-of-a-kind music festival. Texas County Music is performed on five​ stages. You'll definitely find delicious food, lots of fun, and entertainment.

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Last updated: by Eleonora Provozin