Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Mardi Gras on the beach? It’s the 3rd Largest Mardi Gras Celebration in country!

Mardi Gras at the Beach!

3rd Largest Mardi Gras Celebration in U.S. Offers Beachfront Revelry on the Texas Coast

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau – GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS (Dec. 19, 2018) – If you’re looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience in 2019, grab some beads and hit the beach.

Mardi Gras! Galveston, the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States, offers the unique chance to experience sand between your toes and gorgeous beach sunsets while taking in the revelry and lavish parades known to dominate Galveston Island during carnival season.

The island’s 108th Mardi Gras celebration, to be held February 22- March 5, 2019, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees for 29 live concerts, 23 parades, 22 balcony parties, several elegant balls and some new festive additions. And, this island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. Find your Mardi Gras style with these highlights:

Classic Revelry – Galveston’s historic downtown entertainment district will put you in the center of classic Mardi Gras revelry complete with big crowds and plenty of beads. Nearly all parades go through downtown, where you can enjoy the view from the street or from above at a balcony party. Main concert stages are also located downtown, where the event’s headline performances will take place. The festival’s largest parades also run along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard.

Upscale Mardi Gras – If you’re looking to catch any of the colorful beads to be thrown from parade floats and downtown balconies, you don’t have to stand in the streets to do it. Mardi Gras! Galveston’s elegant side will feature several masked balls where black-tie attire, lavish buffets, live performers, dancing and parade viewing invoke the evening festivities. Popular events include the San Luis Salute hosted by Tilman and Paige Fertitta and The Tremont House’s Texas A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party.

Family Gras – Sunday, March 3 is Family Gras at Mardi Gras! Galveston, featuring live family entertainment, plus the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade, Mardi Gras Children’s Parade, and the Shriners Hospital Parade in the downtown entertainment district.

Fiesta Gras – Feb. 24 brings the return of the Hispanic heritage celebration with two parades, live entertainment performances, vendors and a balcony party.

Electric Mardi Gras – Electric Mardi Gras will return in 2019 with a special concert area at 21st and Mechanic streets in downtown Galveston. This area will provide one big party for lovers of electronic dance music, with continuous concerts, beat-thumping DJs and laser light shows on Fridays and Saturdays throughout the celebration.

Tickets to Mardi Gras! Galveston are on sale now. For details, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

About Mardi Gras! Galveston
Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867. Following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by the colorful marching bands, and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks.

Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Email: [email protected]

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This January, we created a package that encompasses the turn of the new year. You need to experience it for yourself.

New Year, New You!
This new season we wanted to create something that encompassed the turn of the new year.
A package that provides relaxation, rejuvenation, and refinement.
Take a look at what we came up with:
New Year, New You Package
Focus on you in 2019 with a luxurious room with a view, a deep tissue massage, pressed coffee or a cup of hot tea. Go for a swim in our heated pool and enjoy our New Yea Happy Hour specials. Package includes one night of valet parking.
New Year, New You Package – Couple’s Edition
Focus on you both in 2019. With a luxurious room with a view, deep tissue couples massages, pressed coffees or cups of hot tea. Go for a swim in our heated pool and enjoy our New Yea Happy Hour specials together. Package includes one night of valet parking.
Call to make your reservations today.

These are the secrets to taking your most eye catching, insta-worthy travel photos ever!


It’s not tic-tac-toe, it’s rule of thirds

Ever notice that grid on your camera or Instagram upload? It’s actually there to help you take a photo that’s more pleasing to the eye. Try positioning most interesting piece of the photo at an intersection.

It’s all about your POV (Point of View)

If you look at many feeds, it’s likely that most of the photos you will see are at eye level. If you’d like to spice up your feed, go for a unique perspective. You might look a little crazy doing it, but the results will be worth it!

Go for simplicity

There’s a reason that minimalism is trending. In a world where we’re bombarded with details, simple can be a breath of fresh air. Look for opportunities to capture simplicity.

Happy documenting, friends! Be sure to tag us in your photos so we can see your creative shots!

Please help us congratulate our GHLA Manager of the Year, John Sinegal! We’re so honored to have him on our team.

We’re so excited to congratulate The Galveston Hotel & Lodging Association’s  Manager of the Year, our John Sinegal.
John has been with us for more than 30 years now.
He is a man of excellence and dedication, a wonderful leader.
“Big John has always been a good leader, and is always willing to get the job done,” says our General Manager Leon Garrison.
Please join us in congratulating him on this prestigious achievement!

What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Let’s include the whole family this year!

When you think of New Year’s Eve, most people imagine ball gowns, champagne, and a countdown.

If you’re a family, the list usually includes a babysitter.

This year, we’re changing that.

New Year’s Eve is an important night. We’re giving families the opportunity to celebrate it together.

With games, amazing food, and activities for the whole family, it’s a NYE Palooza to remember.

From the time you arrive, we’ll have a full day of fun lined up for your family.

Ice Land, all the pyramid attractions, and even a firework show at Palm Beach!

And of course, it ends with an early countdown and hundreds of balloons falling from the ceiling.

It’ll be a night of celebrating 2018, and looking forward to 2019, together.

Looking for a beach near the resort when Palm Beach is out of season? We’ve got you covered! Here’s our Beachside Top Ten:

Beach vibes, anyone?
When Palm Beach isn’t open for the season, you need a second option.
That’s why we put together this list! These are a few of our favorite spots for a walk along the shore.
Don’t see your favorite on the list? Send it our way!
Place Name Address Phone Distance Show on map
East Beach 1923 Boddeker Drive Galveston, TX (409)797-5111 9.29
Porretto Beach Seawall Boulevard Galveston, TX 3.51
Beach Pocket Park 1 11102 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd, Galveston, TX 77554 (409)740-0390 3.74
Stewart Beach 201 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77550 (409)797-5189 6.08
Beach Pocket Park 2 11745 San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, TX (409)740-0390 4.93
Beach Pocket Park 3 San Luis Pass Road, Galveston, TX 15.62
Galveston Island State Park 14901 FM3005, Galveston, TX 77554 (409)737-1222 9.25
Dellanera RV Park 10901 Termini-San Luis Pass Rd Galveston, TX 77554 (409)797-5102 3.28
Seawall Urban Park Seawall Blvd Galveston, TX (409)797-5000 3.51

We followed our Executive Chef to Katie’s Seafood… Watch the video to hear the new announcement today!

We’re Partnering with Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch®; Committing to Serve Only Ocean-Friendly Seafood Today

“The last thing we want to do is over-fish,” says Hotel General Manager Leon Garrison. “That’s why we’re making this important change.”

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