The second weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston kicks off tonight with two country music superstars performing in the Entertainment District in downtown Galveston.
Mike Ryan will perform at 8:30 p.m., and Stoney LaRue will perform at 10:30 p.m., both on the Budweiser Stage, on the corner of 23rd and Strand streets.
Ryan, a native Texan, has been performing for the past six years and has multiple songs that hit No. 1 on the Texas Music Charts.
LaRue, who recently performed in our neck of the woods in December at Big Texas Dance Hall and Saloon in Webster, will be performing some of his favorite tunes such as “Empty Glass,” “Into the Mystic” and “Wichita Lineman.” He’s sold over 300,000 records over his 15-plus year career and plays over 200 shows a year. LaRue also will be performing songs from his sixth album “Us Time.”
Also tonight will be the SBMT Pre-party Mardi Gras Concert from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Electric Stage; Brandon McDermott will perform at 5:30 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage; the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade will begin at 7 p.m. in the Entertainment District; KnownasChase will perform at 7 p.m. on the Electric Stage; the Krewe Babalu “All Krewe Parade” will begin at 8 p.m. in the Entertainment District; Krew De Yaga’s Parade, 9:30 p.m. in the Entertainment District; DJ Nonstopp will be spinning tunes from 10 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on the Electric Stage; and Johnny J will take over the turntables at 11:30 p.m. on the Electric Stage as well.
On Saturday, Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Battle of the Bands will begin at 9 a.m. on the corner of 27th Street and Avenue N, followed by its parade at 11 a.m., proceeding from 27th Street up to the seawall, then it’ll turn right on 31st Street and end at the parking lot by Kermit Courville Stadium.
The Z Krewe’s 23rd annual Z Processional will begin at 1 p.m. in the Entertainment District; Mozelle will perform at 2 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage; the Mardi Gras King’s Parade will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Entertainment District; the Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Parade will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Entertainment District; O.G.R.E. will perform at 4 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage; DJ Skritchin will be on the Electric Stage from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Will Makar will perform at 8:30 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage; DJ EROK will be on the Electric Stage at 9 p.m., and T-Gray will take over at 10 p.m.; Kiss Alike will perform at 11 p.m. on the Budwiser Stage; and rounding out the entertainment at 11 p.m. Saturday will be Kyle Berg on the Electric Stage.
The Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at 23rd Street and Seawall Boulevard; turn right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street and will end in the Entertainment District.
Then rounding out this weekends festivities in the Entertainment District will be the Shriners Hospitals for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade at noon; Kevin Anthony will be performing at noon as well on the Budweiser Stage; the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will begin at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Firefighters Children’s Parade at 3 p.m. Closing out the festivities on Sunday will be a performance by Bilge Pumps at 3 p.m. on the Budweiser Stage.
And don’t forget about the 21st annual Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade which will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday throughout the Entertainment District. For information, call 409-789-4101.
For tickets and information on all things Mardi Gras, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
Mardi Gras galas
Jason Derulo will headline the sold out 21st annual San Luis Salute, hosted by the Fertitta family, at 8 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 5600 Seawall Blvd., in Galveston.
Derulo will be performing some of his biggest hits like “The Other Side,” “Talk Dirty” and “Marry Me,” just to name a few.
Tonight’s Space Pirates themed party will salute doctors from the University of Texas Medical Branch.
And don’t fret, tickets are still available to the Beta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Ivy Isle Foundation’s annual Mardi Gras Gala featuring jazz great Joe Carmouche, which will be from 8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday at the convention center as well.
Tickets are only $60 per person and are available at EventBrite or www.ivyislefoundation.com.
Coming up next week
Look out for more information on the second annual Texas Music Fest set for 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 4 in downtown Friendswood (visit www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org); and Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park,” which will be performed by the Montana Repertory Theatre, will take the stage at 8 p.m. March 4 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston. For tickets, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.