There are a lot of comprehensive parade lists out there, but if you’re looking for a list of just the parades you can and should take your kids to, this Galveston Mardi Gras 2018 Family-Friendly Parades List is the only one you need!
There are a lot of parades in Galveston during Mardi Gras, about 40 in fact, but if you’re looking for parades you can attend with your kids, there really aren’t any comprehensive lists you can find. Well, not any lists that we’ve found anyway all in one place. Not everything during Mardi Gras is kid-friendly, as you know, and steering clear of the Strand (because you have to pay other than on February 11th, and there tends to be a lot of drinking) is often a good idea, but not always. We’ve been here for years and we’ve pretty much nailed down the perfect Mardi Gras parade plan for our family so we thought we’d share it with you!
Galveston Mardi Gras 2018 Family-Friendly Parades
Friday, February 2, 2018
- Really, there’s nothing here for you! It’s the kick off, it’s on the Strand, and it’s pretty party heavy. Plus you have to pay $11.50-$15.00 per person depending on the day, so there’s that.
Saturday, February 3, 2018
- 12:00-3:00 pm: Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade – Admission is FREE if you watch this from The Seawall. The 32nd annual Aquarius Seawall Parade will wind its way down The Seawall to 25th Street where it will head downtown for a trip down Mechanic Street and The Strand. If you’re looking for lots of beads and fun, this is the parade for you!
- 1:00 pm: 7th Annual Zaniest Golf Cart Parade – Admission is $11.50 per person, but this will allow you to view the other parades downtown that day as well. Although this one does run through The Strand, it’s all about family fun. You’ll need to pay to get in, but it’s a lot of fun, so you should consider going! Although I rarely promote something that costs you money (and parades should totally be free), we’ll be in this one this year, so if you want to meet up, you can find us there!
- 6:00 pm: Krewe of Gambrinus Parade – Admission is FREE. Catch this one on The Seawall for free admission. The parade starts on Seawall Boulevard from 57th Street to 25th Street, then heads north on 57th. Mechanic Street and The Strand will be packed with parade goers enjoying the 12 lighted floats and multiple marching bands, plus so much more!
Sunday, February 4, 2018 through Friday, February 9 ,2018
- There’s not much going on and the events that are happening are all pay per person and/or not kid friendly.
Saturday, February 10, 2018
- 11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Krewe d’Esprit Rosaire Parade – Admission is FREE. Catch this one on The Seawall for FREE admission. The parade begins at 27th and Ave O, and goes down 27th to The Seawall, turns down 31st Street, then onto Ave M, and finally to 27th Street where there will be food vendors, drinks, and music for dancing immediately after the parade.
- 6:00 pm: Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade – Admission is FREE. Catch this one on The Seawall for FREE admission. This is Galveston’s oldest and largest Mardi Gras Krewe dating back to 1871. Colorfully-themed floats, marching bands, dignitaries, and lots of beads are sure to delight! Parade starts at 23rd and Seawall, turns right on 25th Street, continues to Mechanic Street where it takes a right down to 20th Street, goes left down 20th to The Strand ending at the Railroad Museum.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Family Gras! hosted by Moody National Bank – No admission
- 12:00 pm: Shriners Sunshine Kids Parade – Admission is FREE. Bring the whole family out to The Strand District for a parade full of floats, candy, and more. Of course there will be Shriner clowns and cars!
- 1:30 pm: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade – Admission is FREE. I’m just going to put this out there…this one cracks my family up way too much. It’s literally a bunch of people walking their pets in animal costumes and it’s a hot mess, but it’s funny and you should go! Downtown in The Strand District.
- 3:00 pm: Firefighters’ Children’s Parade – Admission is FREE. Hosted by the local firefighters and first responders, this is my family’s personal favorite. The parade begins at 25th and Santa Fe Place, south on 25th, east on Postoffice, north on 19th Street, west on Strand, and ends at the intersection of 25th and Strand.
After that, it’s all party, Party, PAR-TAY this year so your family might want to skip all of that. Anyhoo…looks like there are still eight (out of 40ish? Come on, Galveston!) parades the average family can enjoy without shelling out a lot of cash. Hope to see you on the island soon! It’s always a party, and we’re always on Island Time. Come join us!