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Mardi Gras Galveston 2017

Updated on February 27, 2017

Mardi Gras Galveston is the largest in Texas and third largest in USA

Pre-Mardi Gras Night Hike

We drove to Galveston on Friday afternoon and stayed at the Four Points, Sheraton right on Seawall Boulevard. We decided to go on a Night Hike to see stars that evening. We planned to go the parades on Saturday. We drove to the West end of the island to the Galveston Island State Park.

This is the Nature center in Galveston Island State Park.

We ate our picnic dinner here before the night hike.
We ate our picnic dinner here before the night hike.

Windswept oak tree outside Nature Center

Me doing, "Tree Pose."

Night Hike

The Night Hike started at about 6:30 p.m. as the sun set. We began with a drive into the park and a short hike to the observation tower. The ranger started the lecture with a description of the wildlife in the park. Several packs of Coyotes live in the park so the ranger started with a test of our sense of smell, We were separated into groups of three and given three containers of scent. We were to find the other members of our pack by scent alone. I was given a vile of coconut and I quickly found my other pack members. Cheryl was given a rose scent which was much more subtle and she did not find their third pack member.

The ranger started the star gazing lecture by pointing out Orion, then Sirius and Andromeda. She then pointed out Venus and Mars. The lecture continued for about 45 minutes total. We drove back to the hotel to get some rest before the parade scheduled for 11:00 a.m. Saturday.

Waves on the ocean at night on the drive back to the hotel.

The Plesure Pier at night on the drive back to the hotel

Saturday A.M. we saw pirates in the lobby!

Jay and his wenches

Jack Sparrow and his concubine

We walked to the AM Parade route and saw a Trike.

The AM Parade Begins!

Big Tuba Man

One of the floats

Another float

Marching Band

Another Float

More Floats, more beads

A Firetruck Float

A Boat Float

Elementary school drill squad. Did not know they started that young.

High School Drill Squad

Watch the hips

Participants were also from Houston.

Cheer leaders in training


Bass and baratone

R&B Band

The Corvette Club Arrives

Candy Apple Red
Candy Apple Red

Subdued Gray


There are many other pictures of this parade, but these will serve as an example of it. The parade lasted for an hour and we got many beads. After this parade we went to Fish Tales restaurant and split an entre. It was excellent. Then back to the hotel to take a nap. The main parade was to begin at 6:30 pm just outside our hotel door. More parades were happening on the Strand.

Dusk on Seawall Blvd. waiting for the parade. We set up on a grassy knoll outside the Sheridon.

The parade begins

A vendor selling his wares

Floats and beads

More floats and more beads

The Momus Krew organized the parades of the day.

A pirate float

The King and Queen of the parade

The man in the moon

A Dragon!

The University of Houston was represented.

A purple elephant!

We went back to the hotel to get some rest. We are too old to stay out late.

Learn to share.

There were many more pictures which could be used, but this serves to show the parade. At one point I caught a small plastic glow-in-the-dark hoop. I figured it was a necklace for a little girl. I saw a little girl riding on her fathers' shoulders and asked Cheryl to give it to her. Cheryl approached the mother and asked whether she could give the necklace to the little girl. Mom agreed and said, "At last she got something. Now we can go home." The little girl was overjoyed.

The moral of the story is, "Learn to share." Everyone should get something.

Here is a picture of our "booty."

Sunday morning we ate the breakfast buffet at the hotel for $10.00. We then went walking on the beach and through Murdock's. We went to the Galvez and sat in their lounge chairs on their lawn. We went inside to check out their buffet. It cost $42.00 per person at the Galvez!

We checked out and drove home. Do not forget to wash your car after going to the beach!


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      Tamara Moore 

      17 months ago

      I have learned something new! Thank you, Jay :-) It is wonderful to learn new things about the world in which we live, and to see lovely photos as well.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      17 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Thank you Tamara, Mardi Gras Galveston is the largest in Texas and third largest in USA.

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      Tamara Moore 

      17 months ago

      How wonderful to see a picture of you! And, the rest of your pictures are also very beautiful! I never knew that Texas had so much excitement and richness to it. Thank you for this article.




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