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The first full day of Mardi Gras festivities kicked off in Galveston on Saturday, February 18, 2017 with numerous parades featuring costumed revelers, colorful beads and live music.  The annual celebration will continue until Fat Tuesday on February 28th. 

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Mardi Gras Galveston started Friday evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.

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  • By STAN BLAZYK
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An upper-level disturbance tracking east across Texas and northern Mexico will keep showers and occasional thunderstorms around for most of the day. Although the bulk of the precipitation is expected to move out some time this evening, there is a chance that parades scheduled tonight in Galv…

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Mardi Gras Galveston gets underway this evening with events including the Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade Parade and the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Honoree Parade, this year held in recognition of Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Co.

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Monica Sattler-Mejia, a choreographer with the Tutu Live Krewe, pointed a boot and swung the opposite hip forward during a January practice at Total Fitness, 4910 Seawall Blvd.

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The Galveston Historical Foundation is inviting you and me to a night of food, fun, music and frivolity as it gears up for its Mardi Gras kickoff with its “Menardi Gras Celebration” at 7 p.m. today at the Michel B. Menard House — which just happens to be the island’s oldest residence — at 16…

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  • By GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY
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Again this year, pet lovers have a choice: Take your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building, 2025 Strand St., in Galveston.

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The 2017 Mardi Gras season kicked off with the annual Mainland Mardi Gras Parade in Texas City on Saturday. The event, presented by the Rotary Club of Texas City, featured numerous decorated floats complete with beads and candy. Mardi Gras in Galveston will begin on February 17.

  • By CATHY CONLON-TOWNSEND
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The Quaker City String Band of the Philadelphia Mummers will not be appearing at Mardi Gras 2017. Last year, I said I would no longer be able to raise the $35,000 to $40,000 required to fund its trip. Some people came forward and said they would do the work. I turned all the information over…

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The Rotary Club of Texas City, which will turn 90 in November, is preparing for its largest fundraiser of the year that will help the organization continue serving those who need it the most in its community on the mainland.

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  • By FRANCES POWELL
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Again this year on Feb. 26, pet lovers have a choice: Bring your pet and participate in the 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the second annual “A Cat’s Eye View” Parade from the balcony of the Jockusch Building. Not only wi…

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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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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 Eilan…

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  • By STAN BLAZYK
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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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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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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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  • By STAN BLAZYK
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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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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…

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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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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.

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

  • By GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY Special to The Daily News
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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.