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The Galveston County Daily News: Mardi Gras

September 25, 2016

Mardi Gras

Tuesday 02/09/2016
Photos: Fat Tuesday parade brings Mardi Gras to a close
Posted: February 09, 2016

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius' 20th annual Fat Tuesday Parade brought an end to the Mardi Gras celebrations in Galveston.

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Monday 02/08/2016
Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and the Children's Parade
Posted: February 08, 2016

The second weekend of Mardi Gras comes to a close with the crowd favorite Krewe of Barkus and Meaux parade and the Children's Parade

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Sunday 02/07/2016
Photos: 18th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade
Posted: February 07, 2016

Dogs, cats, pigs, ferrets, snakes, along with a pony and a chicken and their owners paraded Sunday February 7, 2016, through downtown Galveston for the 18th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade.

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Photos: Mardi Gras Children's Parade
Posted: February 07, 2016

The Firefighters Local 571 hosted the annual Mardi Gras Children's Parade on Sunday February 7, 2016, in Galveston. The parade, with floats full of children and their families, brought the second weekend of Mardi Gras to a close.

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For some Mardi Gras revelers, leftover beads can be used creatively
Posted: February 07, 2016

For revelers with extra beads after Mardi Gras, there are a few options. 

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At Mardi Gras, for some it's sit out or sneak in
Posted: February 07, 2016

The Mardi Gras celebration continues with the second weekend of parades, including Knights of Momus' Grand Night Parade.

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Saturday 02/06/2016
Photos: Krewe d' Esprit Rosaire Parade
Posted: February 06, 2016

The second weekend of Mardi Gras continues in Galveston on Saturday February 6, 2016, with the annual Krewe d' Esprit Rosaire Parade.

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Photos: Second Friday of Mardi Gras in Galveston
Posted: February 06, 2016

The second weekend of Mardi Gras gets rolling Friday with the Danny Weber Memorial Fire Truck Parade, Krewe Babalu's 11th annual All Krewe Parade and the Krewe of Maximilian Parade. The Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers also made an appearance to play for the Krewe of Eiland's balcony party, as well as American rapper Pitbull, who performed at the 20th annual San Luis Salute.

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Friday 02/05/2016
Knights of Momus proclaims Doug Matthews as Grand Marshall
Posted: February 05, 2016

The executive board of the Knights of Momus recently announced Doug Matthews as the Grand Marshall for the Momus Grand Night Parade set for 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

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Thursday 02/04/2016
Mummers to take final bow at Mardi Gras this weekend
Posted: February 04, 2016

The Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers has been coming to the island to help celebrate Mardi Gras for 31 years, but this year may be their last.

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Wednesday 02/03/2016
January’s weather and a look at this weekend
Posted: February 03, 2016

This January was slightly cooler than normal in Galveston County. The month, however, was characterized by persistent cool conditions rather than any really cold weather.

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Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade one for the record books
Posted: February 03, 2016

You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out, you put your right hand in, and you shake it all about … You do the Hokey Pokey and you spin your umbrella around, that’s what Mardi Gras is all about — well at least that’s what the sixth annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade was all about.

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Monday 02/01/2016
Sunday brings family friendly vibe to Mardi Gras
Posted: February 01, 2016

Parades on Sunday are geared towards families with the Sunshine Kids parade and the Shriners parade.

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Sunday 01/31/2016
More than 20 arrests in Mardi Gras area this weekend, police say
Updated: January 31, 2016 - 9:15 pm

Galveston police arrested 22 people on Friday and Saturday in places where Mardi Gras celebrations took place, according to Galveston spokesman Michael Grey. 

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Saturday 01/30/2016
Photos: 2016 Mardi Gras Galveston First Saturday
Posted: January 30, 2016

Mardi Gras activities continued across Galveston Saturday with numerous parades and performances, including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade, the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade and the Zaniest Golf Cart Parade. 

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Friday 01/29/2016
Photos: 2016 Mardi Gras Kicks Off in Galveston
Posted: January 29, 2016

Mardi Gras in Galveston official kicked off Friday night with the George P. Mitchell Parade  and the 6th Annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade sponsored by the Daily News.  Costumed revelers took to the streets of downtown Galveston to take in the sights and sounds.  

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Tuesday 01/26/2016
A peek at Mardi Gras weather this weekend and beyond
Posted: January 26, 2016

Ever since Mardi Gras was revived in 1985 as public celebration, those attending the event have seen a wide variety of weather, from sleet and freezing temperatures to sunshine and temperatures in the 60’s.

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Saturday 01/23/2016
Photos: Second Annual Texas City Mainland Mardi Gras Parade
Posted: January 23, 2016

Texas City rang in Mardi Gras with the second annual Mainland Mardi Gras Parade Saturday, January 23, 2016.  Costumed revelers, school groups, bands and local law enforcement agencies and first responders took part in a colorful parade, which was preceded by a fun run.  Mardi Gras activities continue in the county this week with parades in Galveston held next weekend. 

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Thursday 01/21/2016
Cory Morrow talks Mardi Gras, Galveston memories, sobriety
Posted: January 21, 2016

Texas Country singer Cory Morrow opens up about growing up in the Houston area, his sobriety and how it affected his music career and more.

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Officials anticipate open carry at Mardi Gras
Posted: January 21, 2016

Handguns might be a more common sight at the city's Mardi Gras celebration, thanks to new state laws allowing the weapons to be openly carried in most public places.

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Wednesday 01/20/2016
Laissez le bon temps rouler
Posted: January 20, 2016

Do you go all out for Mardi Gras? Do you decorate your house? Dress up your pets? If you do, we want your pictures. Send your Mardi Gras decoration photos to kimberly.worner@galvnews.com. and we will print them in the paper.

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Sunday 01/17/2016
It's Mardi Gras time
Posted: January 17, 2016

In this week's Scenes column, Mardi Gras events and “Sale for Tails."

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Thursday 01/14/2016
New parade route for 18th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras Parade
Posted: January 14, 2016

The 18th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for 1 p.m. Feb. 7. Promoting the theme “For Your Paws Only,” this year’s parade will move to the historic Strand area in downtown Galveston.

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Friday 01/08/2016
Krew du Lac gearing up for Mardi Gras
Posted: January 08, 2016

It's Mardi Gras time again, and the music scene is kicking back up after the holidays.

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Tuesday 01/05/2016
Daily News donates $500 to help bring Mummers back
Posted: January 05, 2016

The Galveston County Daily News donated $500 to Kathy Conlon-Townsend to help bring the Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers to Galveston for Mardi Gras in February.

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Moody Gardens to host 30th annual Mardi Gras Ball for Special People
Posted: January 05, 2016

Come dressed in your sweetest outfit for Moody Garden’s 30th annual Mardi Gras Ball for Special People from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 1 Hope Blvd.

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Thursday 12/24/2015
Whose smart idea was this?
Posted: December 24, 2015

In response to the article "2 Seawall Mardi Gras parades to move downtown" (The Daily News, Dec. 22): This is so sad! Both of these parades used to run on 25th Street in prior years. Obviously, the change was made years past to have it on our seawall, which makes sense. I don't want to take my grandson down to The Strand as it is geared for the adults and alcohol consumption. This is not a message our city should be sending to our families and  guests who drive for hours to enjoy these kids events.

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Monday 12/21/2015
Two seawall Mardi Gras parades to move downtown
Posted: December 21, 2015

The Mardi Gras Children’s Parade and the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade both will move from the seawall to downtown for this year's celebration. 

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Wednesday 12/02/2015
Doug Matthews chosen as 2016 George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award recipient
Posted: December 02, 2015

The city of Galveston declared February 25, 2011, as George P. Mitchell Day and the Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities kicked off with a parade in his honor. Mitchell, a philanthropist, developer, founder of Mitchell Historic Properties, and visionary behind the revival of Mardi Gras! Galveston was the inspiration for the Annual George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award. This award was established to honor Mitchell and other individuals, corporations, foundations and groups vital to Mardi Gras’ rebirth and preservation. Each year the recipients are honored with a ceremony in front of The Tremont House and names are added to a plaque that hangs in the lobby of The Tremont House. The 2016 George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award will be presented to Douglas Matthews.

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Help bring the Mummers back
Posted: December 02, 2015

In February, it will be the 32nd appearance of the Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers at our Mardi Gras celebration. They turned down an invitation this year from Carnival in Italy to be with us; however, we must, again, raise the $35,000 necessary to bring this fabulous band here.

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Friday 11/27/2015
Former city manager to receive Mardi Gras award
Posted: November 27, 2015

Former city manager Doug Matthews will receive an award from the city’s Mardi Gras organizers for his role in bringing the annual event back to the island.

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Wednesday 02/18/2015
Video: Mardi Gras 2015 is a wrap
Posted: February 18, 2015

Mardi Gras 2015 is in the books, but we take one last look at the big events from the finale weekend of the festival in Galveston.

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Fat Tuesday festivities
Posted: February 18, 2015

Floats traveled through downtown Galveston during the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius’ 19th annual Fat Tuesday Parade in Galveston.

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Tuesday 02/17/2015
Mardi Gras DWI arrests up from past two years
Posted: February 17, 2015

County law enforcement made 21 DWI arrests through the no-refusal program during Mardi Gras celebrations this year, according to District Attorney Jack Roady’s office.

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Sunday 02/15/2015
Pet parade and children’s parade wrap up Mardi Gras weekend
Posted: February 15, 2015

GALVESTON — Although one of the last Mardi Gras parades probably had fewer beads, it made up for it with more fur and four-legged creatures including a few ferrets.

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Police clear Mardi Gras with street sweepers
Posted: February 15, 2015

GALVESTON  — For the first time, police used city street sweepers to help clear a sometimes unruly crowd following Galveston’s biggest night of Mardi Gras on Saturday, and all seemed to go smoothly.

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Party draws veterans, newcomers
Posted: February 15, 2015

GALVESTON — Cloaked in a long, glittering robe of classic Mardi Gras purple, green and gold with a cloth helmet to top it off, Roger Watson wanted to inspire revelers in Galveston to have fun and wear costumes.

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Mardi Gras final weekend
Posted: February 15, 2015
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Saturday 02/14/2015
Mardi Gras finale weekend
Posted: February 14, 2015

The final weekend of Mardi Gras in Galveston kicked of Friday with the Mummers on the Strand, the Danny Weber Memorial Firetruck Parade and the Krewe Babalu Parade

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Mum’s the word Mardi Gras tradition will continue
Posted: February 14, 2015

Special recognition is in order for all the people who donated money toward bringing Quaker City String Band — known locally as the Mummers — to Galveston again this year.

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Friday 02/13/2015
Photos: Mardi Gras 2015
Posted: February 13, 2015

Photos from Mardi Gras 2015 will be continually added to this gallery.

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Mardi Party Part II
Posted: February 13, 2015

Return of the Mummers, Salute’s 50 Shades of Red, A&M watch party part of finale weekend of Mardi Gras

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Thursday 02/12/2015
13 Mardi Gras-related arrests
Posted: February 12, 2015

Police on Wednesday released the number of Mardi Gras-related arrests during the event’s first weekend.

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Monday 02/09/2015
Video recap of the first weekend of Mardi Gras 2015
Posted: February 09, 2015

The first weekend of Mardi Gras Galveston included plenty of parades, beads and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Check out our video recap and get a sneak peek of what's to come next weekend.

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Sunday 02/08/2015
Video: Review of the first weekend of Mardi Gras 2015
Posted: February 08, 2015

The first weekend of Mardi Gras Galveston included plenty of parades, beads and the Budweiser Clydesdales. Check our our video recap and get a sneak peek of what's to come next weekend.

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Next weekend’s weather and beyond
Posted: February 08, 2015

The weather, overall, was near ideal for the first weekend of Mardi Gras. It may have been somewhat on the cool side Friday night, but ample sunshine (except for some periods of fog) and a return to southerly breezes gave us fairly pleasant conditions for the parades on Saturday.

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Saturday 02/07/2015
First night of Mardi Gras
Posted: February 07, 2015

Crowds gathered Friday for the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade followed by hundreds of decorated umbrellas for the Uptown Umbrella Brigade in the traditional purple, green and gold of Mardi Gras, to flamingos, jellyfish and sea themes to zombies with umbrellas. Parades and events continue through the weekend.

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Police give 60 tickets for Seawall camping
Posted: February 07, 2015

It’s not a secret to most: The cost of a prime camping spot along Seawall Boulevard for first-weekend Mardi Gras parades is a $17 parking ticket or less.

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Friday 02/06/2015
Mardi Gras party begins
Posted: February 06, 2015

Mardi Gras! Galveston 2015 kicks off today with parades, musical acts and special events. The festivities will continue through Fat Tuesday on Feb. 17.

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Thursday 02/05/2015
Races with Mardi Gras theme offer different experiences
Posted: February 05, 2015

Runners and walkers have two Mardi Gras-themed races this weekend. Three hours and 30 miles separate the two events, each of which has its own way to celebrate.

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