Mardi Gras! Galveston Announces A Golden Bead Giveaway

Mardi Gras festivities, February 10 –21 in Galveston, to feature 23 parades and four chances to win big.

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (February 6, 2023) – If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 112th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston. On Feb. 10 – 21, 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.

New this 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 parades on the first Friday, Feb. 10 at the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras Parade at 7 p.m., and again at parades on Saturday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 17.

Prizes include a cruise out of Galveston from, a unique Houston brewery tour with a Houston hotel from Del Papa, Schlitterbahn season passes and VIP Island passes to local attractions from Visit Galveston. 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 2023 activities, as well as maps of each parade route visit

2023 Winners!