Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. It also means Galveston is ready to party in the most serious way. Each year the day before Ash Wednesday, Mardi Gras is celebrated and then the Season of Lent begins. Mardi Gras can fall on any Tuesday between February 3 and March 9. The celebration starts on January 6, the Twelfth Night (Feast of Epiphany), and picks up speed until midnight on Mardi Gras. Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday. Easter can fall on any Sunday from March 23 to April 25, with the exact date to coincide with the first Sunday after the full moon following a spring equinox! If you are really confused now . . . . don’t worry! Everyone else is too!
It would be a lot easier if Easter had a consistent date that we can count on every year. This year Mardi Gras falls on Tuesday March 4th but the party in Galveston really begins Saturday February 15th at 7:30 PM when the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius hosts “Pardi Gras” (King & Queen Coronation) at Fisherman’s Wharf on Harborside Drive in Galveston.
Many Balls & Parades will follow “Pardi Gras” over the next several weeks and hundreds of thousands of revelers will flock to Galveston to take part in the fun and festivities right up to midnight on Tuesday March 4th. A good time will be had by all so don’t miss out. Come join us at this year’s exciting celebration. Grab some “beads” and “throws” at the parades and from the balconies downtown.
We want to take a moment to remember George Mitchell at this time. He was the founding father of the Galveston Mardi Gras Celebration and this will be the first event since his passing last year. Thanks George, we won’t forget you and everything you did to make Galveston a better place! We miss you!