Lydia Gonzales of Texas City huddled Sunday with family and friends on the route for the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade in downtown Galveston.
Like she does every year, Gonzales brought her family out for the free Mardi Gras parades and events Sunday.
“Even though it’s cold,” Gonzales said. “We were looking at pictures, and last year, we were in shorts.”
Temperatures were in the 40s with overcast skies, but families brought strollers, children and puppies on leashes to line the streets.
“We need extra jackets and blankets,” Cali Fowler of Texas City said.
As pets and their owners got ready for a carnival season processional, a Pomeranian-Yorkie mix puppy named Grace looked intently down Mechanic Street waiting for the excitement from the east.
Her owner, J’mi Shannon, of Galveston, kept her on a leash, the same as the other pet owners who brought animals to see dogs in costumes lead their festive humans down the high-curbed streets.
This was the 20th pet parade at Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration for the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, and it included a pet costume contest. The krewe and its activities help fund the Galveston Island Humane Society.
Justin English, of Kilgore, brought his family to Galveston for four days to enjoy the parades and events. On Sunday, the family bought its little black puppy, Bo, to see how the big dogs promenade for Mardi Gras.
Many of the families, wrapped in parkas and draped in beads, intended to stay for the children’s parade that came later in the day.
“We’re here for all of it,” Gonzales said.