The Ultimate Guide to Galveston, presents Mardi Gras! Galveston 2006. Welcome to Texas Explorer magazine’s Mardi Gras webpage, this page includes a calendar of events and other information about one of Galveston’s most popular annual Festivals. See other city guides by Texas Explorer Magazine, including theUltimate Guide to Houston.
Mardi Gras! Galveston 2006 will be a traditional Mardi Gras with a touch of New Orleans style.
Once again for 12 days and 11 nights, Galveston Island will be overtaken by live music, spectacular parades, elaborate masked balls, and flamboyant costumes.
Mardi Gras! Galveston 2006 will last from February 17th through Fat Tuesday February 28th, and is projected to be one of the biggest Mardi Gras the island has ever seen.
Traditional Mardi Gras colors of green, gold, and purple will be displayed throughout the streets of Galveston.
Although there isn’t an official theme this year, this Mardi Gras will “Salute the Gulf Coast” in recognition of the strength and endurance of the many people who live in the area.
Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, has been publicly observed on Galveston Island as early as 1867 and later revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. This year’s celebration marks the 22nd consecutive year of Mardi Gras! Galveston since its 1985 revival.
Now coordinated by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees in conjunction with 18 participating Krewes, the success of Mardi Gras! Galveston continues to grow as hundreds of thousands of revelers participate in Texas’ largest Mardi Gras celebration.
THE ORIGIN OF MARDI GRAS
The date of Mardi Gras began on the date of Easter. The celebration takes place at the end of a long carnival season beginning January 6, or “Twelfth Night,” and is celebrated in many Roman Catholic communities around the world-most notably in New Orleans and in Rio de Janeiro.
Revelers eat, drink, carouse and make merry during Mardi Gras, attempting to satiate the desires of the flesh prior to the abstinence observed during the Lenten season. Although Mardi Gras is a Christian tradition, its origins lie in the ancient Roman custom of merrymaking before a period of fasting.
Le Krewe du Lac King’s Cake Party – 4:00 p.m. Party at Crawdaddy’s Bayou Grill. King and Queen will be chosen by finding baby in King’s Cake. No cover charge, open to public Info: Annabelle Ruch: 832-771-7661.
Z Krewe 12th Z Ball – 6:00pm, “Romancing the Wild West” The evening will begin with a champagne reception with hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar at 6pm. Following the reception, festivities will move to the Strand Street Theatre at 7pm to begin the coronation of King XII Paul Rodgers and Queen Zanie XII Joy Hall, along with their Royal Court of Zoots and Zaftigs. Dinner will then be served in the Davidson Ballroom of the Tremont House Hotel, followed by dancing to a live band, from 9pm to 1am. There will be an open bar during dinner and dancing. Black tie or elegant Wild West attire. $125.00 per guest. Private. For tickets and information, call 281-334-5666 or visit www.zkrewe.com.