The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius once again kicked of the Mardi Gras season with their noon parade Saturday.

The Krewe was organized in 1985 - only a year after Mardi Gras was revived in Galveston - and first participated in a parade in 1986. When Mardi Gras grew to two weekends in 1987 the Krewe of Aquarius moved its parade on the first Saturday of Mardi Gras.

The Krewe has been parading down the Seawall for the past 26 years but this year the parade route was altered so the procession would go down the Seawall, travel up 25th Street and finish on the Strand.

I got to ride along on one of the Krewe floats to take pictures and get a first hand look at the new route. The theme of the float was Wicked and you can see Krewe members dressed up as witches, the good kind and the wicked, as well as residents of the Emerald City and others.

Mari Berend is one of the members of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius and she said the new parade route was a success.

“With the logistics issues of organizing that many units in a new and unfamiliar staging area we had anticipated more confusion than we actually encountered,” Berend said.

She and others from the Krewe will be back out on the Wicked float for the Fat Tuesday Parade at 6:30 p.m. on March 4.

Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds may be reached at 409-683-5334 or

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