Golden Bead Giveaway RETURNS for 2024!

Mardi Gras festivities, February 2 –13 in Galveston, to feature 23 parades and four chances to win big.

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas  – If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 113th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston. On Feb. 2 – 13, Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration will feature 23 parades as the island’s krewes prepare to throw more than three million beads and other trinkets to crowds of revelers.

Returning for the second year, organizers are giving a few lucky parade goers a chance to win some extraordinary prizes. Exclusive Golden Mardi Gras beads will be thrown out during a few select parades: George P. Mitchell Award Honoree Parade (Fri., 2/2 – 7pm), 13th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade (Sat., 2/3 – 1pm), Mix Radio, Art Car, and Jeep Parade (Sat., 2/3 – 3pm), and Krewe of 93Q Parade (Fri., 2/9 – 9pm).

Prizes include a cruise out of Galveston from, a Brewery Tour of St. Arnold and Karbach with a Houston hotel, a Galveston Island Wine Festival Hotel Package at Moody Gardens, and Becker Winery Experience with a hotel stay included. To participate, you must attend the parades in the Downtown Historic District and look out for the golden bead!

For a full schedule of Mardi Gras! Galveston 2024 activities, as well as maps of each parade route visit

2023 Winners!