Knights of Momus Den Party – 2:00-6:00 p.m. Party held at float den for members to preview the refurbished floats. Members and their immediate families only.

11th Annual Krewe Babalu Mardi Gras Ball – 8pm – 2am, Coronation of 2006 Royalty – “King Baba VIII” and “Queen Lu”. Live music by “Nightbeat” and dancing, open bar and Dinner. Black tie, Tremont House Hotel, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row. Public invited. Non-Members $85 per person. Info: Jennifer Marett princessjenn30@aol.com 409-925-7939. or www.krewebabalu.com.

Krewe of Gambrinus Coronation Ball – 8:00pm- 1:00am, Presentation of the King and Queen and their Royal Court. Live music by The Triumphs, open bar, champagne breakfast, and more. Black tie or festive costume. Galveston Island Convention Center, 57th and Seawall Blvd. Galveston, TX. By invitation, Krewe Members & Sponsors-$112.50, Non-Member Guests $150. 409-737-1986, tjmorgan1995@sbcglobal.net, www.kreweofgambrinus.org

LULAC Mardi Gras Scholarship Contest and Sweetheart Ball – 8:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m LULAC Council 151’s major fund raising event is the Annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Contest and Sweetheart Ball. Two teams of school-age young adults and children compete for the LULAC Crowns by raising funds for scholarships. The contest begins December 4 and concludes with the Mardi Gras Sweetheart Ball and crowning of the winning court. $15 per person. For more information call Lillie Aleman at 409-763-8689 or Zoila Contreras at 409-457-9306.

Krewe de Esprit Rosaire Youth Dance and Pageant – “Aloha Galveston” 7:00pm, 2201 Ave.L. Crowning of 2006 Queen followed by dance with music by DJ Redd Wave. Tickets $5.00, obtained from Krewe members. Info: Vickie Holmes 409-933-0653 or Renee Guidry 409-765-6625.

 

Mardi Gras! Galveston – Mardi Gras! Galveston Live entertainment from 8:00p.m. to 11:00pm on two stages. 1-888-GAL-ISLE or www.mardigrasgalveston.com. Free admission.

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Annual “Barn Bash” – The biggest party of them all. The night before the big parade the Krewe showcases its 10 floats for 1000 guests at the Krewe float den, 31st and Avenue N1/2 (Old Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant). The Texas sized party is from 7pm to 11pm and features live music by “Wild About Texas”. The Krewe serves up a Bar-B-Que buffet, sodas and beer and plenty of beads. The party is open to the public 21 and over, tickets are $15 per person. Information: 409-925-8156.

Krewe Babalu’s 11th Annual Den Party – 6-9pm. Float viewing party, music, BBQ, beer & soft drinks. 4802 Avenue E. Public invited. $10 person, Info: Gary Marett gwmarettjr@aol.com 409-925-7939, krewebabalu.com.

Knights of Momus President’s Reception – 7:00-11:00 p.m. Party to honor past presidents and to kick off Mardi Gras weekend. Schlitterbahn. Knights of Momus members, King’s Guard members, Duchesses and their invited guests only.

Stars on the Brazos Krewe Balcony Party – 5 pm til “the push”. Roof Garden, 2214 Strand on the balcony! There will be plenty of room for bead throwing! It is a 2 day party for only $100.00. Friday – snacks, keg beer, and set-ups provided. Saturday (12:00 noon til “the push”) snacks, keg beer, set-ups, lunch and dinner provided. Info: www.sobkrewe.com or email sobkrewe@ev1.net or contact David Howarth at 979-417-9581 or Staci Walden at 979-997-2100. Must be 21. Tickets go on sale November 1, 2006. They will go quick, so act fast!

Krewe of Who? Loft Party – 6:00pm to 11:30pm, Members and guests attend their annual bead throw at the Jockusch Building, 2029 Strand. Strand crowds will enjoy beads thrown by the attendees! Live music by the Zydeco Dots. $100 per person includes buffet dinner and entaertainment. Cash Bar available. Bring your own beads. Dress is casual or Pirate themed costume. Info: Tony and Tammy Stadelman at 281-561-0234.

Krewe de Esprit Rosaire Mardi Gras Ball – “Aloha Galveston” 7:00pm, Trolley Station at 21st and Strand. Crowning of 2006 Queen followed by Ball with music provided by Clockwork Band from Houston. Tickets $15.00 available from Krewe members. Info: Ms. Janis Matthews at 409-772-3424.

Mardi Gras! Galveston – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2006. Live entertainment from 2:00p.m. to 11:00pm on two stages. 1-888-GAL-ISLE or www.mardigrasgalveston.com. Free admission.

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade – The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius will honor the 2006 Royal Couple, Budd and Carolyn Field, with “A Salute to the American Film Industry”. The big parade will begin at 12:00 noon at 14th and Seawall. The colorful hour-and-a-half parade will make its way to 57th Street. The 2006 parade will feature spectacular floats and 20 high school marching bands and drill teams from southeast Texas. This will be the 170-member Krewe’s 19th annual parade. Watch for the most and best beads in Galveston’s Mardi Gras. Information: 409-763-0820.

Krewe of Gambrinus “Carnevale Italiano” Parade – 6:00pm, King Gambrinus throws a Parade for 200,000 of his closest friends with over 650,000 throws and a fantastic fireworks display on Seawall Blvd. from 14th St. to Central City Blvd.(63rd St.), Galveston, TX. Free to the public. 409-737-1986, tjmorgan1995@sbcglobal.net, www.kreweofgambrinus.org

7th Annual Mardi Gras Beach Run – 10K Run, 5K run/walk and 1K kids run. Food, music, and more. Many activities for children under 12! Benefits the Galveston County YMCA and UTMB Physical Therapy Class of 2006. Stewart Beach Pavilion, 4th and Seawall. Race Times: 5K run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m.; 10K run starts at 8:50 a.m. 1K kids run starts at 9:45 a.m.; Children’s Festival 8:30 a.m. – 11:00a.m. Early Registration Deadline: January 31st. Galveston YMCA: 409-763-4607, Race Hot Line: 409-763-6572, http://www.mardigrasbeachrun.com

Z Krewe Zestival #1 – Join the Zanies on the Trumpet balcony to start the Mardi Gras off right! What an incredible vantage point to view the activities on the Strand. Throw beads to the begging crowd below, enjoy the buffets and drinks, and dance to live entertainment. Each guest must be 21 years of age or older. $100.00 For ticket information, call 409-765-2323, 281-331-2739, or email jay@hawkinsleaseservice.com or visit www.zkrewe.com.

20th Annual Galveston Invitational Mardi Gras Rugby Tournament – The Galveston Rugby Football Club will be hosting the 20th Annual Mardi Gras 15’s Rugby Tournament at the Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex at 7 Mile Road, February 18th and 19th, 2006. Witness top men’s, women’s and high school teams from around the U.S. competing for the “Bacchus Cannis” award. Games will begin at 9am on Saturday and 10am Sunday. Admission is free to the public, and all are welcome to watch this unique celebration of brotherhood, sisterhood and sportsmanship associated with the game of rugby. For more information on the sport, event and/or location please contact Jess Beck (321) 223-5712.

Stars on the Brazos Krewe Balcony Party – 12:00 noon til “the push”. Roof Garden, 2214 Strand on the balcony! There will be plenty of room for bead throwing! $100.00 per person, must be 21. Snacks, keg beer, set-ups, lunch and dinner provided. Info: www.sobkrewe.com or email sobkrewe@ev1.net or contact David Howarth at 979-417-9581 or Staci Walden at 979-997-2100. Tickets go on sale November 1, 2005. They will go quick, so act fast!

Knights of Momus Coronation Ball – 6:00 p.m.-1:30a.m. Lavish pageant at the Grand 1894 Opera House, presentation of Duchesses of the Royal Court, crowning King and Queen ceremonies, followed by an elegant white tie dinner and dance at the Moody Gardens Convention Center.The Grand 1894 Opera House and the Moody Gardens Convention Center. Members, Duchesses and their invited guests only.

Krewe of Gambrinus Brew Ha-Ha – 9:00pm- 1:00am, Food, fun, and dancin’ immediately after the parade! Come tell your parade stories! Beer and cash bar too. Victorian Condo-Hotel, 6300 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, TX. By invitation, Krewe members & Sponsors-Free, Non- Member Guests-$30. 409-737-1986, tjmorgan1995@sbcglobal.net, www.kreweofgambrinus.org

Krewe of Who? Annual Ball – 6:00pm This is our theme-based event. Dress up in your pirate attire and come ready to party the night away. Bring your Mardi Gras decorated umbrella for the second line processional lead by our King and Queen. Enjoy the gold circle bead throw where the gold circle members throw to the Krewe and guests, followed by a buffet dinner with cash bar. Live music by The Night Beat Band to dance the night away. A professional photographer will be available for portraits. Dress up in Pirate attire or go casual. $100.00 per person. Public welcome based upon space availability. Info: John English 281-463-3622.

Krewe Babalu’s 11th Annual Pre-Parade Float Party – Pre-Gambrinus Parade Party on the float. Open to paid float riders only. Info: 409-925-7939.

The Tremont House Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch – 10:00am-2:00pm. The New Orleans themed brunch will feature a wide array of the chef’s savory Cajun dishes, including Eggs Benedict, Stratta New Orleans with Creole sauce, and poached salmon with pink grapefruit sauce. 2300 Mechanic. $$35.00/person. Live jazz music. Limited Seating. Reservations Required. (409) 763-0300.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

20th Annual Mardi Gras Ball for Special People – 12:00pm-4:00pm, A unique opportunity for people with disabilities and their families to take part in the spirit of Mardi Gras. Join thousands for this event with dancing and fun. The Convention Center at Moody Gardens Expo A& B, One Hope Blvd. (800) 582-4673 ext. 4108. Moody Gardens sponsors this free event for people with disabilities.

20th Annual Galveston Invitational Mardi Gras Rugby Tournament – The Galveston Rugby Football Club will be hosting the 20th Annual Mardi Gras 15’s Rugby Tournament at the Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex at 7 Mile Road, February 18th and 19th, 2006. Witness top men’s, women’s and high school teams from around the U.S. competing for the “Bacchus Cannis” award. Games will begin at 9am on Saturday and 10am Sunday. Admission is free to the public, and all are welcome to watch this unique celebration of brotherhood, sisterhood and sportsmanship associated with the game of rugby. For more information on the sport, event and/or location please contact Jess Beck (321) 223-5712.

Krewe Babalu “All Krewe Parade” -7:30 pm Start time. Stages at 26th and Santa Fe Place. Right on 25th Street, Left on Mechanic to 21st Street. Left on 21st Street to Strand. Left on Strand to 25th Street. 25th Street to Santa Fe Place. Parade participation open to all Krewes, businesses, civic and fraternal entities. Contact Gladden Walters at 281-703-3331.

Bards of Bohemia Parade, “New Orleans Comes to Galveston” -Starts at 8:30pm. Stages at 25th and Avenue N. Down 25th to Strand. Right on Strand to 21st Street. 21st Street to Mechanic. Right on Mechanic. Drop off parade participants at Tremont House. Disassemble floats at Santa Fe Place. Call 281-861-9900 for more information.

Z Krewe Zestival #2 -End the work week by kicking up your heels and throwing some beads! From atop the Trumpets Balcony you will hold the crowd below captive, waiting for your beads. Enjoy a buffet, drinks, live band and dancing ’til midnight on this new night of the Z Krewe party schedule. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. $75.00 For ticket information, call 409-765-2323, 281-331-2739, email jay@hawkinsleaseservice.com or visit www.zkrewe.com

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. 20th Annual Mardi Gras Gala -9:00pm – 1:00am. The Beta Phi Omega Chapter of Galveston Gala benefiting scholarships and community service projects. Moody Gardens Convention Center. Floral Ballroom. Costume, semi-formal, live music, and lavish buffet. $50.00 per person. Tickets/info: 409-789-1048.

Krewe of Gambrinus Gathering -6:00pm-12:00am, The Trolley Station, 2015 Strand, Galveston, TX. Parade viewing and bead throwing! Food, beer, soda, music – party on the balcony!!! Beads will be sold. Krewe members & invited guests. 409-737-1986. www.kreweofgambrinus.org

San Luis Salute -Tenth Annual gala held at The San Luis Hotel beginning at 7 p.m. For more information, please call 409.744.1500.

Krewe of Maximilian Bead Party -7:30pm – 12:00am at the Roof Garden on the Strand. Parade viewing and bead throwing for Krewe Members & their invited guests only. For membership information, visit www.kreweofmax.com .

Le Krewe du Lac Royal Ball -7:00pm to 11:00pm, Throw beads from the Aquarium’s 3rd floor ballroom and balcony. Theme: Under the Sea. Live music, light buffet, presentation of the Royal Court and silent auction. Cash Bar. Members $35.00. Guests: $50.00 per person. Info: Annabelle Ruch at 832-771-7661.

Krewe de Esprit Rosaire Parade and Grand Finale – The Grand Finale with the Battle of the Bands, and Yard party. Battle of the Bands from 9am-10:30 at Menard Park on 27th and Seawall and the Parade begins at 11am at 27th and Seawall down Seawall to 31st and down 31st to Avenue N at Holy Rosary Catholic Church where there will be food, drinks crafts! Procession includes marching bands, drill teams, ROTC unit, and many revelers on foot. Info: Mrs. Valerie Clouser McHenry 713-494-9746.

Z Krewe 11th Z Processional – 1:00pm. Z Krewe zany members and Royalty parades through the Strand District perpetuating the spirit of Mardi Gras. Z Krewe is proud to announce the Philadelphia Mummers will be joining the Processional this year, along with bands, and zany members of other krewes and clubs. Big Daddy Frank Godek and Big Momma Jeannine Dienst will lead this crowd of bead throwing zanies. The parade route will begin at Mechanic and 25th, travel along Mechanic to 21st, then proceed up Strand to 25th. You will be so busy catching beads, you won’t even feel if there is a chill in the air! For information, call 281-488-6729.

Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – 6:30 p.m. Floats, Mummers, marching bands, dignitaries, bead throwing, etc. Parade starts at Seawall Boulevard and 21st Street, turns right on 25th Street and continues to Mechanic Street. Right on Mechanic Street to 20th Street, turn left on 20th to the Strand. Left on Strand and end at the Railroad Museum, public viewing, no charge.

Z Krewe Z Street Painting – 6:00am. Rise and shine to witness the almost famous artistic talent of King Zanie XII Paul Rodgers and his Royal Court paint the streets green. Beginning at 6am, the pubic is invited to observe our zanie artists create their masterpiece. This mark will place in which the Royalty will receive their salute, during the 1pm Processional. This event takes place on the Strand, just below the Trumpets balcony. For information, call 281-488-6729 or visit www.zkrewe.com

Krewe of Gambrinus Gathering – 12:00pm-12:00am, The Trolley Station, 2015 Strand, Galveston, TX. Parade viewing and bead throwing! Food, beer, soda, music – party on the balcony!!! Beads for throwing will be sold. Krewe members & invited guests. 409-737-1986, www.kreweofgambrinus.org

Z Krewe Zestival #3 – Ride on in to Z best party! Eat, throw beads, drink, throw beads, dance, throw beads, listen to the band, throw beads, and throw more beads from the Trumpets balcony! Then do it all again during this all day party. All guests must be 21 years of age or older. For ticket information, call 409-765-2323, 281-331-2739, email jay@hawkinsleaseservice.com or visit www.zkrewe.com
Knights of Momus Parade Day Party – 12:00pm-10:00pm. Bead throwing with parade viewing. Members and their invited guests only.

The Strand Theatre Mardi Gras Party – 5:00p.m. – 11:00p.m. Admission $75.00 Mardi Gras continues with great food and a great view of the Momus Parade. Proceeds are used to present other special events at The Strand Theatre, and $65.00 of each ticket is tax deductible. Ticket price does not include ticket to the Entertainment District.

Krewe of Maximilian Beach Ball & Parade Viewing – 7pm – 1:30am at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Watch the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade from the steps in front of the RR Museum, then join the famous Beach Ball inside. Music by Dysfunkshun Junkshun & the Mambo Jazz Kings. Catering by Don Strange. This is a Private Party for Members & invited guests only. For membership information, visit www.kreweofmax.com.

The San Luis 22nd Annual Mardi Gras Costume Contest – The 22nd annual San Luis Costume Contest gets underway at 12 p.m. with registration followed by the parade of entrants at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, at The San Luis Resort, Spa & Conference Center. With zany entries, including a special category for children, celebrity judges, fabulous prizes and festive spectators, the contest is an annual favorite at Mardi Gras! Galveston. For more information, please call 409.744.1500. Contest will take place in The San Luis Hotel Grand Ballroom, 53rd & Seawall Blvd.

Le Krewe du Lac Royal Boat Procession – “Krewes into Kemah” – 6:00p.m. Cruise aboard the Spirit of Texas Paddle wheeler along the Kemah Boardwalk. Bead tossing, live music, light buffet, beverages. 3 hour cruise. Fee: $50.00, sells out quick! Info: Annabelle Ruch at 832-771-7661.

The Tremont House presents “Vive N’awlins” – A rocking tribute to the “Crescent City” featuring an encore performance by Midlife Crisis and the Hot Flashes, a band that creates a dance frenzy of costumed revelers throughout the evening. This annual Parade Viewing Party at The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row, provides the premier venue for enjoying the Momus Grand Night Parade as it winds its way through the downtown district. The chef is creating a bountiful feast of New Orleans themed dishes to delight every palate. Proceeds benefit the Bush-Clinton Katrina Relief Fund. 6:00pm-12 midnight. $175 per person. Open Bar. Black tie or costume. (Costumes encouraged for this raucous affair!) For reservations, call (409) 763-0300.

Mardi Gras! Galveston – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2006. Free Admission. 1-888-GAL-ISLE or www.mardigrasgalveston.com

7th Annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Paws Parade – 1:00pm, Line up at noon. A parade for animals dressed in their Mardi Paws best. Pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome (horses, pigs, rabbits, iguanas, monkeys, etc.). Parade begins at 25th and Ave. M., proceeds north to Shearn Moody Plaza, turns left and ends at 26th Street. Free T-shirts for participants, or they are available for $10.00. Early registration is $15.00 and at parade $20.00. Info: Brenda Atchley at 409-763-0557.

Mardi Gras Children’s Parade – 2:00pm, Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The parade celebrates Mardi Gras with costumed kids and decorated floats. Parade begins at Ave. N and 25th, and proceed to the Railroad Museum. Pre-registration for parade participation is required. Info: Charles Olsen at 409-789-1265 or 409-763-1047 www.galvestonfiredept.org.

Krewe of Gambrinus Gathering “Family Day” – 12:00pm-5:00pm, The Trolley Station, 2015 Strand, Galveston, TX. Parade viewing and bead throwing! Food, beer, soda, music – party on the balcony!!! Beads for throwing will be sold. Krewe members & invited guests. Children under 16 with parents. 409-737-1986, www.kreweofgambrinus.org.

Le Krewe du Lac Truck Parade and Mardi Party – Line up at T-Bone Tom’s Backyard at Noon. Parade starts at 1:00p.m. Theme: Under the Sea. Parade starts and ends at T-Bone Tom’s Backyard on SH 146. Mardi Party follows with live music and family fun. No cover charge. 1:30p.m.- 5:30p.m. Info: Annabelle Ruch at 832-771-7661.

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Annual “Fat Tuesday” Parade – 6:30pm, Downtown Strand district. This all Krewe parade celebrates the final hours of the 2005 Mardi Gras. The parade is a favorite among locals and features numerous lighted floats and marching bands. Don’t miss this final big show!! Information: 409-763-0820.

Z Krewe Pancake Day Breakfast – In the best Wild West spirit, the Royal Court and Zanies will saddle up quiet early to serve a chuck wagon breakfast to the students, parents and staff of local schools. Pancake Day breakfast will be served at Galveston Catholic School. Open to students, parents and staff of local schools. For information, call 281-286-5738.

Krewe Babalu’s 11th Annual “Fat Tuesday” Public Celebration Party – Official Public Party to Close 2006 Mardi Gras, 7:45 – midnight. Hosted by Krewe Babalu. Live Band: FUNKSION, dancing, cash bar, and special presentations. Open to general public. Free Admission. Cocktails Piano Bar, 2411 Mechanic, Adults only. Info: Jim Harrison 409-692-3366 or krewebabalu.com.