If you didn’t get to party last weekend, no worries. Here’s a list of all things Mardi Gras for you and the family to enjoy this weekend in Galveston.

Mardi Gras! Galveston will begin with its Salute to Texas First Responders Day event Friday in the downtown entertainment district.

First responders and military personnel, plus one guest, will receive free admission when they present their badge or military ID at the gate.

Then over on the Bud Light Stage, country music star Jason Cassidy will perform at 10:30 p.m. Friday.


Saturday’s festivities will continue with the popular Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade at noon, which also will host its annual Battle of the Bands at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kempner Park at 2704 Ave. O in Galveston.

The parade will begin at the park and travel west along Seawall Boulevard.

In addition to several parades in the entertainment district, the largest parade of Mardi Gras! Galveston — the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade — will kick off at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Seawall Boulevard.


Then on Sunday, Family Gras, where the public can enjoy free admission to the entertainment district, will kick off with the Shriners Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade at noon, followed by the 21st annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Mardi Gras Parade at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at 20th Street and Harborside Drive in Galveston.

This year’s parade marshals will be “Gerry Cat,” and his “mom,” Concetta Maceo-Sims.

The pet costume contest will be from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Pier 21. And, if you want to get a good view of the parade, the fourth annual A Cat’s Eye View parade viewing party will be available from the balcony of the Trolley Station Building at 20th and Strand streets.

If you’d like you and your pet to be in the parade, registration is $20 in advance or $30 on the day of (per pet). For information, registration and tickets to the viewing party, visit www.galvestonhumane.org/barkus-meoux, or call 409-740-1919.

Rounding out the parade lineup will be the annual Mardi Gras Children’s Parade at 3 p.m.

For a complete listing of all parades, schedules and routes, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.


Here’s a listing of all of the concerts this weekend at Mardi Gras! Galveston in the entertainment district:


SBMT (5 p.m. Electric Stage), Brandon McDermott Band (5:30 p.m. Bud Light Stage), Drew Womack (8:30 p.m. Bud Light Stage), DJ Omix (9 p.m. Electric Stage), SEB (10 p.m. Electric Stage), Jason Cassidy (10:30 p.m. Bud Light Stage), and Poe Junior (11:30 p.m. Electric Stage).


OGRE (3 p.m. Bud Light Stage), Southbeat Music Team (5 p.m. Electric Stage), Bare Necessity (6 p.m. Bud Light Stage), EROK (9 p.m. Electric Stage), Bryan Rhymez (10 p.m. Electric Stage), Sprung (10:30 p.m. Bud Light Stage), and DJ Nonstopp (11 p.m. Electric Stage).


Kevin Anthony & G-Town Band (noon Bud Light Stage) and Bilge Pumps (3 p.m. Bud Light Stage).


The ninth annual Outdoor Living & Home Show will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday on the Kemah Boardwalk at 215 Kipp Ave. in Kemah.

The free event will include exhibits on home and garden décor, vendors, and expert advice from the area’s leading professionals in home and garden design.

For information, visit www.kemahboardwalk.com or call 877-285-3624.


Don’t forget about the fourth annual Friendswood Texas Music Fest, which is set to be from 2:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at Stevenson Park at 1100 S. Friendswood Drive in Friendswood.

Country music artists Roger Creager and William Clark Green will be co-headliners. Texas legend, Gary P. Nunn, also will be performing, as well as Market Junction.

Tickets are $20 through Friday and $25 at the gate. Ages 12 and younger will be admitted for free.

For tickets and information, visit www.FDFA.org.


The College of the Mainland Jazz Ensemble will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the school’s Fine Arts Building Recital Hall at 1200 Amburn Road in Texas City.

Director Sparky Koerner will lead the ensemble, who will play selections like Count Basie’s “April in Paris” and “A Warm Feeling,” to Benny Goodman’s “Stompin’ at the Savoy.”

For information, visit www.com.edu or call 409-933-8438.


The Grand 1894 Opera House will present the Irish musical “Celtic Nights — Oceans of Hope” at 8 p.m. March 9 at 2020 Postoffice St. in Galveston.

The new production, which showcases the very essence of Irish history, tells the story of hopes and dreams of a better place for one’s family to achieve liberty and freedom.

For tickets and information, visit www.thegrand.com or call 800-821-1894.

Angela Wilson: 409-683-5239; angela.wilson@galvnews.com

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