Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying the first full weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston, which officially kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Award Ceremony in front of The Tremont House at 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row in Galveston.
The first parade will begin at 7 p.m. in the downtown entertainment district. Next up will be the ninth annual Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade at 8:30 p.m., followed by the Mardi Gras! Galveston Parade at 10 p.m.
Then on Saturday, the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade will begin at noon and the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade begins at 6 p.m. Both parades will take place on the seawall and end in the downtown entertainment district.
On Sunday, the Fiesta Gras Parade will start at 1 p.m., followed by a live music performance by Duelo at 2:30 p.m. Rounding out Fiesta Gras will be the Mega 101 Fiesta Gras Parade at 4 p.m.
For a complete list of all things Mardi Gras and to get your tickets for the entertainment district, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.
MUSIC PERFORMANCES DURING MARDI GRAS
With this weekend being the official kick off to Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities, here’s a few music performances to pencil in on your list of items to check out, including headliner Pat Green:
Local band, To Whom It May will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Bud Light stage in downtown Galveston.
The band released its debut album “The Great Filter” in July 2018, and recently finished a midwest tour with Candlebox earlier this month.
Cale Richardson and the 45s also will perform at 10 p.m. Friday on the Bud Light stage.
Saturday’s performers include: One Soul Singer (12:30 p.m.), Mambo Jazz Kings (2:30 p.m.), Pat Green (6 p.m.), Grey the Mute (9 p.m.), Zaemon (10 p.m.), and Buck Rodgers (11 p.m.).
Susan Slaughter and local pianist, Kirk Hale, will be performing together in honor of Mardi Gras, as well, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday at the 23rd Street Station Piano Bar at 1706 23rd St. in Galveston.
For 40 years, Slaughter has led the brass section of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Hale, who is a music staple in the area and has played at a wide array of venues across the state, can be seen tickling the ivories at the Galveston Country Club.
The bar also hosts its Sing-A-Long Sundays event with Sean Cowin from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
For information, call 409-443-5678 or visit its Facebook page.
THE CLYDESDALES ARE BACK
The world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales will be making several scheduled appearances in Galveston County to celebrate Mardi Gras! Galveston Friday through March 3.
The eight-horse hitch will participate in parades on Friday and Saturday. Other events and one-horse shows will take place throughout the upcoming week.
For a complete itinerary, visit www.DelPapaDistributing.com or follow them on Facebook.
MARDI GRAS ON THE BOARDWALK
For those of you who can’t make it to the island for its party, the Kemah Boardwalk will have its Mardi Gras Madness event Saturday at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.
Attendees are invited to get beads, enjoy live music and family-friendly events, which will include stilt-walkers and the Jackson Square Stompers New Orleans Brass Band.
Live music also will be available from noon to 4 p.m. (Dead Stereo Band) and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Velvet Punch). The Yachty Gras Boat Parade will begin at 7 p.m.
For information, visit www.kemahboardwalk.com or call 877-285-3624.
USS CAVALLA TURNS 75
For you history buffs out there, make sure you take the time out to celebrate with the Galveston Naval Museum as it recognizes the 75th birthday of the USS Cavalla Thursday at Seawolf Park in Galveston.
There will be a scenes tour at 1 p.m., followed by a brief ceremony to remember the 1943 leap-year commissioning of the famous boat at 3 p.m. Oh, and of course there will be cake!
To RSVP or get more information, call Ross Garcia at 409-770-3196.
TEXAS MUSIC FEST
Tickets are available for the fourth annual Friendswood Texas Music Fest, which will be from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 2 at Stevenson Park at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.
The festival, sponsored by the Friends of Downtown Friendswood, will feature country music artists Roger Creager and William Clark Green. Gary P. Nunn and Market Junction also will perform.
Tickets are $20 through March 1, and $25 at the gate. Ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free. VIP tickets also are available.
For tickets and information, visit www.friendsofdowntownfriendswood.org or visit their page on Facebook.