Texans will have their own slice of N’awlins at Mardi Gras festivities across the state.
Find details for these and more events in our Mardi Gras events calendar listings before Fat Tuesday arrives on Feb. 28:
Rockport: LaMardi Gras, Feb. 10-11
Nocona: Mardi Gras Nocona Style, Feb. 16-18
Mardi Gras Texas Style, Feb. 18
Port Arthur: Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, Feb. 23-26
Mardi Gras Oak Cliff, Feb. 24-26
Lubbock: Meals on Wheels Mardi Gras, Feb. 28
Galveston: Feb. 17-28
The grande dame of Texas Mardi Gras celebrations attracts more than 300,000 people each year to dance in the streets of the city’s historic downtown.
In Brazil, a weeklong party characterizes Carnaval, the Mardi Gras of the southern hemisphere. But for more than 40 years, the party has been consolidated to a single day in Austin—now lauded as the largest indoor Brazilian Carnaval in the world. The experience is powered by the infectiously danceable pulse of samba drums, enrapturing performers, a Texas-size parade of exotic costumes, and the wild euphoria of thousands of attendees.
Bandera: Feb. 16-18
Claim a spot on Main Street for the Cowboy Mardi Gras parade—featuring floats, horses, cowboys, feathers, masks and plenty of beads. Home base is at 11th Street Cowboy Bar, where you can enjoy Cajun food, a costume contest, a gumbo cook-off, and live Cajun and country music.
Jefferson: Feb. 24-26
One of Texas’ oldest towns resurrected its annual celebration in 1990 and offers a slew of parades—including a children’s parade, a motorcycle parade and a pet parade—plus live entertainment, food, a carnival area and more.
Houston: Feb. 18
Come dressed as your favorite animal to enjoy Mardi Gras symphony-style. This jazzy, fun-filled performance features Saint-Saëns’ “Carnival of the Animals,” where elephants, kangaroos and feathery friends are vividly brought to life by the orchestra.