KREWE OF AQUARIUS
- Krewe Mailing Address:
- 1311 Winnie
- Galveston, TX 77550
Johnny Lidstone, Krewe Captain
- Phone: 409-789-4101
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ron Dyda, Vice President
- Phone: 409-739-0575
- Website: http://www.krewe-of-aquarius.org
- History: The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius was organized in March of 1985 to celebrate the revival of Mardi Gras festivities on Galveston Island. It is the second oldest Mardi Gras Social Organization since its revival in 1985. When the City of Galveston decided to extend the annual Mardi Gras celebration to two weeks, the krewe joined into the Mardi Gras revelry by presenting the Mardi Gras Kickoff Parade.
P.O. Box 8142
Galveston, TX 77553
- Gladden Walters, Ambassador
- Phone: 281-703-3331
- Kevin Croft, Parade Captain
- Phone: 409-682-4177
- Website: http://www.krewebabalu.com
- History: The Krewe Babalu, a Texas non-profit corporation, was founded in 1995. The purpose of the organization is to promote Mardi Gras festivities on Galveston Island and civic and social activities within the organization and the City of Galveston. The group has rapidly expanded to include members from not only the local area, but also from all around the state. The Krewe’s motto is “Amigos Para Siempre,” (Friends Forever) symbolizing the members’ commitment to one another beyond the Mardi Gras festivities.
TUTU LIVE KREWE
3002 Avenue O 1/2
Galveston, TX 77550
- Donna Swartz, President
- Phone:(409) 692-3735
- Angela Brown, Parade Captain
- Phone: (713) 295-9005
- Website: tutulivekrewe.com
- History:The Tutu Live Krewe was founded in 2016 as Galveston’s first all-female adult marching Krewe, and was officially formed as a federally recognized 501c3 in 2018. The Krewe mission is to offer mature women a unique opportunity to join a sisterhood of enthusiastic, inspiring community members, who are accepting of all members, regardless of size, race, religion, sexual preference, or dance ability. We serve to strengthen each other, embrace Mardi Gras culture, and promote community awareness throughout the year. Confidence, happiness, humor, and kindness represent the Krewe’s core values.
KREWE OF BARKUS AND MEOUX
- 6814 Broadway
Galveston, TX 77554
- Josh Henderson, Krewe Contact
- Phone: 409-740-1919
- Email: email@example.com
- History: The Galveston Island Humane Society began the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade in 1998 as a way to involve the community in the spirit of Mardi Gras and feature their family pets. Our parade continues as a fundraiser benefitting the homeless pets of our shelter and is a much anticipated event for Mardi Gras participants and spectators.
- The 22nd annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade is sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society. The parade begins at 1:30 pm in the Historic Strand District.
KREWE d’ESPRIT ROSAIRE
- Holy Family Parish
- Krewe Mailing Address:
- 1505 Colorado Street, LaMarque, TX 77568
Cheryl Lynch, President
- Phone: 409-392-4962
- Valerie Clouser McHenry
- Phone: 713-494-9746
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- About the Krewe: Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire is the only Black Catholic Krewe located on the island. Their annual Mardi Gras Pageant was started by Rev. Father Louis Saparito and the tradition continues today with Holy Family Parish. Nine years ago they added a Youth Pageant and a Parade. The Parade features many high stepping Marching Bands from Houston and surrounding area along with Drill Teams, ROTC groups, the Krewe Royalty, Committee Members, Church Organizations and many of the church members. It is a very family oriented parade. To be a member of the Krewe d Esprit Rosaire you simply have to express interest to the president and pay dues, however you can purchase a table at the annual Mardi Gras Ball and participate in the parade by contacting the parade captain Valerie Clouser McHenry. The Krewe is currently made up of members of Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Holy Family Parish as well as other Christian friends.. The Royalty for the Pageant and Parade is determined by a fund raising contest. The contestant that raises the most money will become the Queen. The contest is open to anyone interested in participating.
Da Krewe du Roux
Krewe Mailing Address:
PO Box 1831
Deer Park, TX 77536
Danielle Guidry, Cindy Anderson, Daniel Guidry
Da Krewe du Roux was founded in 2017, to bring the original spirit, festivities, and traditions of Mardi Gras to the city of Galveston. Da Krewe du Roux’s original 40 members were the first Krewe to hold a traditional, old-school, rural Louisiana Mardi Gras Chicken Run on the Island. The first annual Courir de Mardi Gras was held at Tin Cup’s Caddy Shack on Stewart Road and all families and children were invited to learn about this spectacular event. A first for the Island’s celebrations and many more to come! The Mardi Gras Chicken Run is a tradition that’s over 250 years old and is held in predominantly Cajun (Acadian) communities in Central and Southern Louisiana. Begun as a last shout before the Lenten season, in which Catholic leaders and rules were mocked and indiscretions flaunted, it soon became a celebration feeding the community. These celebrations have grown in each area as a celebration of each community’s best, providing opportunity for those of all cultures to come together. The Chicken Run begins with an overview of the rural Mardi Gras tradition in French and English. Following the Krewe’s performance, attendees will participate in a traditional chicken run, typically organized by age group. The one who gets the chicken will win a special prize.
“This is the poor man’s Mardi Gras,” said Danielle Guidry, co-founder of the Krewe and 2018’s Queen du Roux. “We’ll visit, beg, borrow, sing, dance, do whatever the tradition says to get what we need for a big gumbo. You can always spot us in ragged, colorful Mardi Gras costumes and “fringed material” as we represent our true rural Louisiana traditions.”
Da Krewe du Roux also hosts Da Island Dirty Birdie Charity Classic Golf Tournament at Moody Gardens in the fall. “This is not your typical golf tournament” says Daniel Guidry, co-founder of the Krewe and 2018’s King du Roux. The inaugural event in 2018 was a huge success and the Krewe looks forward to hosting this event for many years to come. Da Krewe du Roux holds their annual formal attire Mardi Gras ball at the kickoff of carnival season. “We have an original New Orleans tradition of a Second Line at our ball. We dance and parade with decorated umbrellas and invite all of our guests to experience it. A traditional Brass Band leads us through the crowds and we celebrate the coronation of our Royal Court while we dance and show-off” says Cindy Anderson, co-founder of the Krewe and 2018’s Royal Court Duchess du Roux.
Da Krewe du Roux is a non-profit organization benefiting El Mina Shriners of Galveston, Ronald McDonald House, and The American Heart Association. Representing Gulf Coast Counties. In order to withstand the Louisiana traditions, Da Krewe du Roux requires a certain percentage of their members to have Louisiana Roots and be approved by their mascot Gumbeaux the Chicken. They also have a children’s Mardi Gras Krewe for their children and grandchildren called Da Krewe du Roux Too (because our children love our Mardi Gras traditions too) !
THE FIREFIGHTERS CHILDREN’S PARADE KREWE
- Stacy Wisner or Candace Varela at email@example.com
- Website: www.childrensparade.org
- History: In 2005 the Galveston Firefighters stepped forward to “Save the Children’s Parade” by assuming the role of parade coordinator. The Firefighters felt that since the parades are the main attraction to Mardi Gras, and because the Children’s Parade was the only Mardi Gras activity geared toward children, it was important to keep the tradition alive. The tradition of Firefighters helping children dates back to the beginning of the profession. It is, and will continue to be, the primary focus of firefighters.
- Many of the participants were Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, as well as many school bands and organizations from all over the Galveston-Houston area. Some of our participants from last year came from as far as San Antonio. Not only are there floats in the parade, but also many “parade walkers” who dress to the theme of the parade, pulling wagons and throwing beads. Trophies are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Best Decorated Float, Best Theme Float, and individual medallions for Best Dressed Boy, Best Dressed Girl, and Best Dressed Family.
- The costumers and the children’s participation are the best part of this event. To see the children throwing beads and waving to the thousands of parade watchers is truly rewarding. In 2005, Houston’s WB 39 Television Station brought the event to a whole new level of interaction when they brought many costumed characters from their most popular television shows to the parade. WB 39 also helped promote the parade through television commercials, which resulted in a parade attendance of over 20,000 spectators lining the streets along the route.
- Parades are expensive to produce, and without the public’s generous donations, this parade could not continue. Sponsor help is needed to assist the Firefighters in the endeavor of coordinating the Children’s Parade. Corporate and Individual sponsor donations are being solicited and all help is greatly appreciated.
KREWE OF GAMBRINUS
- Krewe Mailing Address:
- P.O. Box 17196, Galveston, Texas 77552
History: The Krewe of Gambrinus, fondly known as the “Krewe of Brew” was formed in 1989 to promote tourism in Galveston Island, Texas. King Gambrinus, the Patron Saint of Brewing, is a nod to our founder Larry Del Papa of Del Papa Distributing Company and Budweiser. The all-volunteer Krewe is active throughout the year with charitable and social events. The “King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night Parade” is the largest family friendly parade that runs along Seawall Blvd from 57th Street to Rosenberg Avenue (25th Street). The parade then proceeds North as King Gambrinus Goes to Town, processing through the Mardi Gras Galveston Entertainment district on Ship’s Mechanic Row and The Famous Strand. Gambrinus parades on the first weekend of Galveston Mardi Gras.
The float riders present in creative and festive costumes each year to represent the year’s theme. You will enjoy sparkling themed floats, marching bands, specialty beads, and so much more! Membership information is available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Come join in the fun and help us Let the Good Times Roll!
KREWE OF GREGARIOUS AND ELEEMOSYNARIUS LADIES
- Krewe Mailing Address:
- P.O. Box 536, Hitchcock, Texas 77536
- email: email@example.com
- Fre’ire Moore Chairperson, Treasure
- Karen Werdlow President
- Website: http://theexquisiteladies.wix.com/theexquisiteladies
- The Exquisite Ladies Social and charitable Club is a non-profit organization consisting of twelve ladies, established in the year of 2008, with a club motto of “As We Achieve our Goals in Life, Help Someone Else.”
- The Krewe of Gregarious and Eleemosynarius Ladies was established in 2013, and consists of only members of the club. The Exquisite Ladies Social and Charitable Club will present their first annual Mardi Gras Ball on February 8, 2014, for the purpose of socializing as a group with family, friends and others, and to raise funds to support charitable organizations local community activities and five academic scholarships, as good humanitarians and philanthropists. The Exquisite Ladies and their Royal Court will participate in the 2014 Galveston County celebrations. The Royal Court will consist of Ms. Exquisite Lady of 2014, a Mardi Gras Queen, Princess, Duchess, countess, and Baroness. Crowning and placement will be determined by a fund raising contest and votes. To purchase tickets, tables or to donate, please contact the Exquisite Ladies, by email, phone, or letter.
KREWE DU LAC
- Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 48
Kemah, TX 77565
Lonne & Jan Nolan
- Phone: 713-254-4170
- History: Krewe du Lac was formed in 2000. In 2002 we were named the official Krewe of Kemah. For many years this group of merrymakers had individually made the pilgrimage to Galveston. Now we travel together to the island. Although the Krewe is primarily based in Kemah, members hail from all parts of Clear Lake, Greater Galveston Bay and beyond. Krewe du Lac rolls in numerous Galveston Seawall and Strand Parades and presents the Krewe du Lac Kemah Parade and our annual Royal Ball. On Fat Tuesday Krewe du Lac is found rolling in Aquarius’ All Krewe Parade.The mission of Krewe du Lac is to promote the cultural, educational and traditional customs of Mardi Gras. The Krewe sponsors schools efforts with their celebrations, organizes the Kemah Christmas Toy Drive/Pub Crawl and provides fundraising opportunities to non-profit organizations. 2015 marks the 15th anniversary as one of the premier Krewes of Galveston county. With Krewe du Lac there are no strangers, only friends we have yet to meet!
KNIGHTS OF MOMUS
P.O. Box 2285, Galveston, TX 77553
- Phone: 409-741-8801
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: www.knightsofmomus.com
- History: The Krewe of the Knights of Momus, Galveston’s oldest krewe, was founded in 1871 and actively participated in the Galveston Mardi Gras until 1941 when World War II interrupted the celebration. The all-male Krewe of the Knights of Momus was revived to celebrate the opening of the restored Tremont House hotel in 1985. The krewe is named after Momus, the god of merriment. The Knights of Momus will present the most spectacular of all Galveston Mardi Gras parades, The Momus Grand Nights Parade. This illuminated parade will feature colossal floats, dozens of marching bands, the Philadelphia Mummers and thousands of coveted beads and doubloons.
KREWE OF MUNCHKINS
- Johnny Listowski, Co-Chair
2819 Palm Circle West, Galveston, Texas 77551
- Email: email@example.com
- History: This Mardi Gras children’s krewe was formed by Father Tim Bucek of St. Patrick’s Church. It began with ten floats and has continued to grow. 2004 was the grand finale of the Krewe of Munchkins Parade.
KREWE OF SAINTS
- Phone: 806-236-0715
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.kreweofsaints.org
- History: Formed in 2012, Krewe of Saints is dedicated to over-the-top grandeur, preserving tradition & engaging in socially responsible causes. This charitable organization plans a wide range of yearly activities.
KREWE OF THALASAR
P. O. Box 1202, Galveston, Texas 77553
Elizabeth Shelton, President
Krewe Email: email@example.com
- History: The Krewe of Thalasar is a non-profit organization that participates in the Mardi Gras Galveston festivities. Founded in 1986 by a group of Texas A&M University Former Students, it has since grown into a 70+ member Krewe comprised of both Former Students and non-Aggies alike. The Krewe of Thalasar hosts an annual Ball, participates in various parades, and generally lets the good times roll! The Krewe also holds several socials throughout the year, including a King’s Day Pub Crawl to kick off the Mardi Gras season, and an annual Toob Trip to New Braunfels, TX in September.
- You can join in on the fun and party with us at our Annual Mardi Gras Ball. Purchase tickets HERE.
- Krewe Mailing Address:
- PO Box 58134
Nassau Bay, TX 77258
- Christi Dees, President
- Steve Baldwin Parade Captain
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: http://www.zkrewe.net/
- History: Z Krewe began in 1994 as a group of 10 zany friends who wanted a uniquely different Mardi Gras Galveston organization. Today, Z Krewe has grown to 150 members and is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to perpetuating the spirit of Mardi Gras all year long. During Mardi Gras, Z Krewe hosts Z best balcony parties, with tickets available to the public. Our inclusive balcony parties known as Zestivals feature one of the largest balconies on The Strand as well as open bars, clean restrooms and food all day. On the second Saturday, Z Krewe hits the streets in the Z Krewe Procession, a parade of zaniest proportions where members are known for throwing Z best beads and throws. Throughout the year, there are additional events for members and guests, plus Z Krewe is proud to have contributed thousands of volunteer hours and financial support to many local charities and organizations.