Frequently Asked Media Questions
Some quick and easy answers
When is Mardi Gras! Galveston?
Mardi Gras! Galveston is held annually during the two weeks preceding Lent. The 2017 celebration will take place February 17 – 28, 2017, with festivities held on both weekends and Fat Tuesday.
Where do Mardi Gras! Galveston festivities take place?
The bulk of Mardi Gras festivities take place in Galveston’s historic downtown in the Mardi Gras Entertainment District, with activities running in the area bordered by 20th to 25th Streets and Harborside Drive to Mechanic Street. Many parades and events also take place along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard between 25th Street and 57th Street.
How do I obtain media passes?
Downtown events have a ticketed entrance therefore members of the media must acquire a media pass to enter the Mardi Gras Entertainment District. To request passes, fill out the online request form: Click Here.
Only working media on assignment from appropriate and reputable media outlets will be awarded passes. Seawall events DO NOT require media passes.
Where should media park?
There is NOT a designated location for media parking. General parking lots are located at 21st & Market, 20th & Market, and 20th & Postoffice. Parking garages are located at 25th & Harborside and 22nd & Market. There is also metered street parking.
* A Taxi stand will be located on 23rd and Market for pickup and drop off of guests to the entertainment district.
When are the biggest Mardi Gras! Galveston parades?
The first weekend of Mardi Gras hosts two of the celebration’s largest parades: the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade and Krewe of Gambrinus Parade. The second weekend hosts the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade. Each of these parades travel along the Seawall and through the downtown district. For a full parade schedule please Click Here.
Who should I contact for interview requests or additional media questions?
The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau handles media relations for Mardi Gras! Galveston. Please contact a member of our team: Click Here.