Mardi Gras Galveston
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the state's Mardi Gras celebrations are no exception. The city of Galveston, Texas, hosts the country's third-largest Mardi Gras celebration with colorful beads, fun parades and much more to make your experience truly magical.
What to Know Before You Go
Knowing what to expect before planning your trip to Galveston for Mardi Gras is essential. By planning, you can ensure you hit all of the celebrations on your list while having plenty of time to relax on the island's white sand beaches.
When Is Mardi Gras in Galveston?
Galveston's Mardi Gras festivities occur two weeks before the beginning of Lent and end on the official Mardi Gras date. Most events and celebrations occur in Galveston's downtown area in The Historic Strand District. Other activities, such as the Galveston Mardi Gras parade route, typically take place along the beachfront.
What to Expect
There is a gate fee to enter The Historic Strand District, and children under 12 have free entry. If you choose to drive to the event, you will find parking at the following locations:
- 20th & Postoffice Street
- 20th & Market Street
- 21st & Market Street
- 22nd & Market Street
- 25th & Harborside Drive
You may also find metered street parking depending on how early you arrive at the festival.
What to Bring
Mardi Gras is a time to be as colorful as you wish. This may mean wearing a clever costume, a sequined outfit or just your favorite bright color. Regardless of what you wear, you will take home plenty of beads. As each Galveston Mardi Gras parade float passes, those on the floats will throw beads, trinkets and other colorful items for revelers to catch and enjoy.
In addition to a fun costume or outfit, you will want to bring a jacket. While the colorful festivities may remind you of warm summer days, Mardi Gras takes place in February and March, making it essential to bring a coat to stay warm against those chilly Texas winter nights.
Where to Stay
One of the most important considerations of your trip to Galveston is your accommodations. Luckily, Galveston Island KOA Holiday offers a convenient and comfortable place to stay so you can remain close to the Mardi Gras action while enjoying some peace and quiet in your downtime. Our spacious campground offers RV Sites and lodging options, like Deluxe Cabins that can sleep six to eight people.
Additionally, we offer plenty of fun amenities to keep everyone entertained with a lazy river, pickleball court or hot tub. To top it all off, our campground is dog-friendly, so your furry friend can join in on the camping and Mardi Gras fun.
Make Your Mardi Gras More Special When You Book Your Stay at Galveston Island KOA Holiday
Let the good times roll when you choose Galveston Island KOA Holiday for your home base while celebrating Mardi Gras this year. Whether you are passing through with your RV before checking out other celebrations or want to make this a week-long celebration, Galveston Island KOA Holiday offers plenty of campsites and numerous amenities to make any trip more memorable. Reserve a site today!