Get Ready to Party: Free Mardi Gras Parades in Galveston, TX!

This year’s 113th Mardi Gras! Galveston extravaganza unfolds on February 2-4, 9-11, and 13, 2024. 

Get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant spirit of Mardi Gras! Galveston, where the good times roll freely.  Experience the exhilaration of the 3rd largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, boasting over 20 parades, 20 concerts, and a staggering 3 million beads up for grabs.  

And don’t miss out on the excitement of the free Mardi Gras Parades in Galveston, TX, adding to the colorful tapestry of festivities awaiting you.

With a staggering 22 parades across two weekends, selecting which ones to attend can be daunting. But fear not, for the allure of the free parades along Seawall Boulevard and 25th Street promises a delightful array of flashy floats, spirited marching bands, and mesmerizing dancers.

While the heart of Mardi Gras beats in Galveston’s historic downtown within the Mardi Gras Entertainment District, access comes with a gate fee. However, the joy knows no bounds at the free, family-friendly parades along the scenic beachfront of Seawall Boulevard and 25th Street.

Let’s delve into the guide to these liberating celebrations:

First Weekend of Galveston Mardi Gras Free Parades on Seawall Boulevard – Saturday, February 3, 2024

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade: 1:00 p.m. 

Embark on a whimsical journey with the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade, a dazzling procession featuring 12 Aquarius double-decker floats, 15 spirited marching bands, and many captivating floats. The parade starts at 57th and Seawall, traversing 2.5 miles along the coastline to 25th and Seawall before venturing northward onto 25th Street.  The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius parade was pushed back from noon to 1:00 p.m. this year because of a weather threat.

Krewe of Gambrinus Parade: 6:00 p.m.

As twilight descends, witness the enchanting spectacle of the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade, also known as the “King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night Parade.” This family-friendly extravaganza follows the same route as its daytime counterpart. Prepare to be dazzled by 14 sparkling-themed floats, accompanied by lively marching bands and an abundance of beads and trinkets.

Second Weekend of Mardi Gras Free Parade on 25th Street – Saturday, February 10, 2024

Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade

The Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade captivates onlookers with a majestic procession of colorful floats, state-wide marching bands, and esteemed dignitaries. Beginning at 23rd and Seawall Boulevard, the parade meanders westward for 2 blocks before veering north onto 25th Street, culminating in a spectacular display within the Mardi Gras Entertainment District.  The parade route on 25th Street is 1.5 miles.

We highly recommend partaking in the jubilant revelry along Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard and 25th Street parades where admission is free, the atmosphere is family-friendly, and there’s ample space to catch the coveted beads. Remember to pack a cooler with your favorite beverages, as coolers and refreshments are permitted along Seawall Boulevard and the 25th Street parade route, offering a truly liberated Mardi Gras experience.

Galveston Mardi Gras

Galveston Caszatt Condos

Galveston Mardi Gras can draw up to 350,000 people. Because of this, it is important to plan your lodging ahead of time.  All tourists look for comfortable and competitively-priced lodging.  One of the places that offer competitively-priced lodging during Mardi Gras! Galveston is Galveston Caszatt Condos. They offer 2 Gulf front Seawall Boulevard condos at the popular By The Sea Condominiums.  

Seazatt View Condo is a 2/1 located on the 8th floor and Useazatt View Condo is a 2/2 located on the 3rd floor.  Wake up to breathtaking sunrises and unwind with Gulf front views from the oversized balconies.  With direct Babe’s Beach access and a refreshing pool onsite, you’ll have the ultimate beach getaway experience.

We are a 17-year, locally owned and operated small business. Book direct to save on OTA service fees.  We strive to offer comfortable, competitively priced condos in a casual, coastal-themed environment.