When I think about Mardi Gras, it’s not so much about the beads and revelry on the streets. It’s about all the color and sparkle it brings to the island in quiet winter months. Just after the New Year, when post-holiday and winter blues threaten to set in, it cheers me to see the green, gold and purple decorations on balconies and doors around the city.
Some islanders even decorate Mardi Gras trees, another one of those strange and wonderful things about living here.
I love to hear about the parties, the food, the fashions and the floats. And there’s something a little exhilarating about a celebration that inspires people to abandon their inhibitions, although some might not find the hangovers so thrilling.
But Mardi Gras is so much more than drinking and vying for beads.
Although it’s celebrated in a matter of weeks — this year from Feb. 2-13 — it’s a year-round endeavor, as you’ll read in these pages. A lot of people put a lot of work in planning parties and floats. Krewes gather to work out themes for the year. While all the preparations are fun, they also serve an important tradition for the upper Texas coast, luring thousands of visitors to Fat Tuesday celebrations.
A great thing about Mardi Gras in Galveston is that it offers events for families and for adults, too.
No matter how you celebrate Mardi Gras, be it watching parades or throwing parties, we hope you have a safe and fun time.
Coast Monthly would like to thank the Galveston Historical Foundation and especially Lauraleigh Vogel, rentals manager for the foundation, for allowing use of the 1838 Michel B. Menard House in Galveston. The beautiful home, built in the Greek revival style, was perfect for our cover shoot. And it’s available for rentals. Visit www.galvestonhistory.org/attractions/architectural-heritage/menard-house for information.