Today kicks off the final weekend of Mardi Gras events; and even though this year’s festivities may include some rain and cooler weather — the party will still go on.

In the entertainment district on The Strand in downtown Galveston, the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade will begin at 7 p.m., followed by the Krewe of Babalu’s 13th annual All Krewe Parade. Rounding out tonight’s parades will be the Krewe de Yaga’s Parade at 9:30 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be a plethora of parades to enjoy, including the Krewe D’Espirit Rosaire Parade at 11 a.m.; Krewe of Who? Processional at 1 p.m.; Z Krewe 23rd Z Processional Parade at 1 p.m.; Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Parade, 4:30 p.m.; and the granddaddy of them all — the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m.

If you can’t make today’s or Saturday’s festivities, no fret because at noon Sunday, the Shriners Hospital For Children & Sunshine Kids Parade will take place, followed by the adorable Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade at 1:30 p.m., and rounding out Sunday’s parades will be the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade at 3 p.m. By the way, all of Sunday’s festivities have free entry into the entertainment district.

Last, but not least, the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius’ 22nd annual Fat Tuesday Parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Oh, don’t forget about the live entertainment too — Kevin Fowler will perform from 5 p.m. today to 1 a.m. Saturday at 2021 Strand St. in Galveston.

And if you just want to party, then get your tickets to Texas A&M University of Galveston’s fourth annual Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party, which will be from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday in the Tremont Ballroom in the Davidson Building of The Tremont House at 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row in Galveston. For tickets and information, contact Kathey Walker, or 409-740-4408.

For a complete itinerary, including parade routes, visit


Friendswood High School’s 50th anniversary production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” can be seen at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the school’s auditorium at 702 Greenbriar in Friendswood.

Tickets are $15 and go on sale one hour before each performance (cash and checks only).

For information, visit or call 281-482-3413.


Guests at Galveston’s Moody Mansion, 2618 Broadway, will be treated to cookies and punch from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to celebrate Mary Moody Northen’s 126th birthday.

Born on February 10, 1892, Northen grew up in the mansion and lived there for nearly 30 years after the death of her father, W.L. Moody Jr.

She was one of the most influential people in American business, heading more than 50 separate family businesses. Northen chaired the Moody Foundation and established the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, a charitable foundation that supports environmental, social service, educational and historical projects, including Moody Mansion.

Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for students. For information, visit


The Galveston College Theatre Dept. will present its inaugural 10-Minute Play Festival at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Building on its campus at 4015 Ave. Q in Galveston.

The showcase will present staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students and local theater artists, including Alyssa Gudz, Adi Teodoru, Destiny Shute and Zack Varela. The Galveston College writing club, SPARK, also wrote a piece.

Doors will open 30 minutes before each show, and the best part — admission is free!

For information, contact Liz Lacy, or 409-944-1398.


If you love the TV show, “Dancing with the Stars,” then make sure you get your tickets to the Parsons Dance presentation, which will be at 8 p.m. Feb. 17 at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Postoffice St., in Galveston.

The group, which will begin its spring touring season at The Grand, is known for its exuberant, virtuosic, sexy athleticism and stunning ensemble work. They’ve also been called one of the world’s leading modern dance companies.

For tickets and information, visit or call 800-821-1894.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239;

Angela Wilson is the community news editor for The Daily News.

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