GALVESTON — On Sunday afternoon, the stages along The Strand were coming down and the gates around downtown were being put away.

But Galveston’s Mardi Gras is far from done.

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius has been making sure the good times keep rolling on through Fat Tuesday for the past 18 years with its traditional Mardi Gras-ending parade.

This will be the 19th Fat Tuesday parade, and it will be one of the best ever, said Johnny Lidstone, president of the krewe.

“For the first 10 years of Mardi Gras, after the Momus Parade and the Munchkins Parade on Sunday afternoon, Mardi Gras was over with,” Lidstone said.

So the Krewe of Aquarius decided to step in and provide a parade on Fat Tuesday, the real Mardi Gras, he said.

The first few years it seemed there were more people in the procession than on the sidewalk watching, Lidstone said.

But things sure have changed. Lidstone said every krewe on the island will have at least one float in the parade.

With the 11 Krewe of Aquarius floats and at least 10 marching bands, there will be about 50 units in the parade, he said.

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, the second oldest krewe on the island, will celebrate its 30th anniversary next year. Lidstone has been president for the past 21 years.

The Fat Tuesday parade was once considered a local’s parade. Now people from Houston come down for it, Lidstone said.

“We enjoy putting on this parade,” he said. “It’s not as organized as the other ones, but it is a lot more fun.”

At a glance

WHAT: The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Fat Tuesday Parade

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday

WHERE: The parade begins at 25th Street and Santa Fe Place in Galveston. It travels down Postoffice Street to 19th Street the turns north. The parade turns onto The Strand and returns to 25th Street.

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or

(1) comment

Raymond Lewis

One of the best (if not THE best) Mardi Gras parades!

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