February 1-12, 2013
What does Mardi Gras here on Galveston Island mean? It means beads – and plenty of them. It is estimated that three million beads will be tossed to party goers from balconies and parade floats. The entire island becomes one big celebration of bead wearers.
Cool Tours is not yet a year old so this was our first Mardi Gras to participate in, and to our delight, our loading location at 25th and Seawall (at the Pleasure Pier) was a perfect spot to watch one of the twenty three parades scheduled and catch some beads for ourselves.
We enjoyed ourselves so much we decided to donate one of our tour buses to the local Elks Lodge this coming weekend for the Sunday Children’s Parade so the Elks Lodge members can be part of the fun too.
We invite everyone to come on down and let Cool Tours be your tour guide to the fun. We are happy to offer custom services like complimentary pick-up and drop-off to local hotels (up to 61st St) for our tour guests. We are your island experts so give us a call at 409-539-5374 or send us an email to find out the many extra services we provide to our visiting guests.
Saturday, February 9th, 2013
11:00am – Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade – 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. There will be an after party with all types of cultural food booths, more bead throwing, music, and fun. This is a family oriented parade with lots of high stepping marching bands from Houston and Galveston with lots of beads, trinkets, and even some food throws.
6:30pm- Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Mardi Gras! Galveston’s largest parade will feature floats, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing and more. Parade starts at 23rd 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.
Sunday, February 10th , 2013
1:00pm- Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade – 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.
2:00pm- Mardi Gras Children’s Parade – Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The 2013 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.