For most, Mardi Gras means parades, parties and lots of bead throwing. But here in Galveston, the event serves to further the missions of many nonprofit organizations.

Through in-kind donations and other support from Yaga’s Entertainment and Mardi Gras organizer Mike Dean, more than a dozen Galveston-area charities benefit from the festival. It also serves to benefit many of the krewes, or social clubs, that participate in Mardi Gras activities. These krewes are able to provide community outreach as a result.

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations coordinator for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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David Schuler

Last time i checked, good intentions was not a valid excuse for unlawful behavior. If closing streets is legal, let the party begin! If it is found to be illegal under current Texas law, then either change the event or change the law. These same types arguments could have been (and probably were) used to justify gambling and prostitution in the 1950's.

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