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.
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.
History: The Galveston Island Humane Society began the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade in 1998 as a way to involve the community in the spirit of Mardi Gras and feature their family pets. It continues as a fundraiser for the homeless pets of our shelter and a much anticipated event for our Island.
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.
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.
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!
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.
LE KREWE DU LAC
Krewe Mailing Address:
1312 Live Oak, #104, Houston, TX 77003
Annabelle Ruch Founder/Prime Minister
1312 Live Oak #104, Houston, TX 77003 Cell:832-771-7661 Email: email@example.com
History: Krewe du Lac was formed in 2000. In 2002 they 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. The first weekend of Mardi Gras! Galveston, Krewe du Lac rolls in the Krewe of Aquarius Seawall parade and presents The Krewe du Lac Kemah Parade. The second weekend Krewe du Lac rolls with Krewe Babalu on Friday and marches with Z Krewe on Saturday. On Fat Tuesday Krewe du Lac is found rolling in Aquarius' All Krewe Parade. The purpose 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. 2014 marks the 13th anniversary as one of the premier Krewes of Galveston county.
History: The Krewe of Maximilian was established in 1986, based on the French New Orleans Heritage of Mardi Gras, but with a distinct character unique to Texas and Galveston. The Krewe therefore chose as its reverent namesake: Maximilian, who was the emperor of Mexico in 1864 at the direction of Napolean III of France. Maximilian and his wife Carlotta resided in the Castle of Chapultepec and imported lavish entertainment and unequaled elegance to the court. However, during Benito Juarez’s conquest of Mexico, Carlotta fled to Galveston while Maximilian stayed valiantly to defend the name of France.
500 members of the Krewe of Maximilian will celebrate our 25th year in the tradition of Mardi Gras and in the spirit of Maximilian.
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 are host to the largest Mardi Gras parade during the 12-day festivities.
KREWE OF MUNCHKINS
Johnny Listowski, Co-Chair
2819 Palm Circle West, Galveston, Texas 77551
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.
History: Formed in 2012, Krewe of Saints is Galveston Island's newest Mardi Gras krewe. Dedicated to over-the-top grandeur, preserving tradition & engaging in socially responsible causes, this charitable organization plans a wide range of yearly activities.
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.
History: The Krewe of Who? Is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras. We were established in 1991 in Galveston, TX by a number of Galveston-Houston carnival lovers, many of whom had been members of New Orleans Krewes but wanted to contribute to the spirit of local Mardi Gras festivities.
History: The Z Krewe Zanies was founded in 1994, when 10 fun seekers gathered to design a uniquely different Mardi Gras - Galveston organization. Following many hours of brain storming and drafting of bylaws, Z Krewe was born. Z was founded with the concept that any member could be the King or Queen; or elected president; that committees would make approved decisions; and that Z Krewe would be rich in Mardi Gras traditions. Since 1994 Z Krewe has grown and is recognized as the Zaniest Mardi Gras Krewe in Galveston, Texas. Z has earned the respect and support of other non-profit organizations such as: Gulf Coast Big Brothers/ Big Sisters and Clean Galveston. The Z Krewe celebrates Mardi Gras by a procession through the Mardi Gras entertainment district. The Zanies parade include horse and mule drawn carriages and wagons in Zanie revelry and music. Z Krewe is joined by the Bay Area Parrotheads. Catch Z best beads in Mardi Gras, specially-minted doubloons and trinkets.