Mardi Gras is upon us! Beads shimmer, infectious zydeco rhythms swing the brass, and purple, green, and yellow are all over everything! While New Orleans might be the undisputed king of this festive extravaganza, its vibrant spirit spills over into neighboring Houston, transforming the city into a kaleidoscope of revelry and good times, for one last winter hurrah.
Whether you’re a seasoned Mardi Gras veteran or a curious newcomer, Houston offers a smorgasbord of ways to celebrate this iconic occasion. So, grab your doubloons, don your most flamboyant attire, and get ready to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll)!
Parades are a Mardi Gras staple and the most famous one nearby is just south at the family-friendly Galveston Mardi Gras, a two-weekend extravaganza with over 20 themed parades and balcony parties. There’s a parade for every taste.
Beyond the Beads
Of course, it is about more than just parades. It is a great time to immerse yourself in the rich Creole and Cajun culture that seeps west into some of Houston’s most iconic restaurants. Sample delicious gumbo and jambalaya at places like:
- Abe’s Cajun Market (Clear Lake)
- Bobobs (Museum District)
- Boil House (Heights)
- Brennan’s of Houston (Midtown)
- Eunice (Greenway/ Upper Kirby)
- K R A C K Kitchen (SW)
- Marco’s Pepper Grill (Food Truck/ East)
- O’Taste & See Eatery (NW)
- Ragin’ Cajun (NW)
- Zydeco Louisiana Diner (Downtown)
King Cake Extravaganza: No Mardi Gras celebration is complete without king cake, the sweet symbol of this festive season. Bite into a slice of this buttery, cinnamon-infused brioche, and watch out for the hidden plastic baby. Whoever finds the baby is crowned king or queen for the day! But, hurry – they are only available from Epiphany or Three Kings Day (technically variable but often celebrated on January 6th, 12 days after Christmas) through Fat Tuesday (exactly 47 days before Easter).
Mardi Gras Spirit: As you join the vibrant throngs of Houstonians celebrating, remember the heart of this festival lies in its spirit of inclusivity and joy. Embrace the playful chaos, dance like nobody’s watching, and share the good vibes with everyone you meet. After all, this is a time to let loose, celebrate life, and create memories that will last a lifetime.
So, put on your dancing shoes, grab your mask, and get ready to experience Mardi Gras in Houston! Laissez les bons temps rouler!
MARDI GRAS events in the Houston Area
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