Celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston

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By Morgan Gage 2/22/22 11:10 PM

Mardi Gras is the culmination of the Epiphany celebrations from January 6 to the eve of Ash Wednesday known as Fat Tuesday, which is “Mardi Gras” in French. This reflects the practice of eating rich, fatty foods before the start of the Lenten fasting season. The holiday has French roots, it is celebrated in the United States, especially in cities and regions with a traditionally French population such as New Orleans where their annual festivities in the days leading up to Mardi Gras attract locals and tourists. Here are some of the ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Houston area for those interested.

Mardi Gras! Galveston

For those who can make the trip to Galveston by March 1, Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration offers multiple times to enjoy parades, bead catching and music. General admission to the festivities is $16 and can be purchased in line.



There is a program parades from Friday February 26 and throughout the weekend. Due to parades spread over the weekend and the days leading up to Shrove Tuesday, everyone can join in on a different schedule, and visitors can choose which krewe – krewe refers to any group of people or organization that holds a ball Mardi Gras or ride a Mardi Gras Parade Float — a must see. There’s even a pet-friendly option held on Sunday, February 28, which is led by the “elite pet owner” of the year. For music lovers, there is a line up concerts throughout the weekend, and many of the shows offer free admission.

For those with flexible enough schedules, there is a parade through downtown Galveston on Tuesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m., featuring all of the Galveston Mardi Gras Krewes.

Learn @ Lunch at the central market

Join a class at Central Market on Tuesday, March 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a Fat Tuesday cooking class. The class will teach participants how to make Creole Crab Dip with Garlic Crostini, Crawfish Stews, and Praline Chocolate Pecan Brownies. Join us to learn new cooking techniques and enjoy a Mardi Gras inspired lunch. Tickets for the course are $30 and are available for purchase in line.

Taste local food

Houston might not be New Orleans, but there are plenty of Cajun and Creole food options in the city. For people who want a taste of royal cake – a dessert that exists somewhere between a coffee cake and a cinnamon roll often with brightly colored purple, yellow and green icing and cream cheese or chocolate fillings. fruit – there are plenty of bakeries throughout the city that offer the dessert that is traditionally eaten during Mardi Gras season.

While royal cake is available at grocery stores such as HEB, several local bakeries at a variety of price points to fit anyone’s budget. Although I hesitate to recommend any particular bakery given that there are more options available than I could ever try, my roommate and I picked up one of the last remaining cakes at Bakery of the three brothers last year as winter frost encroached on Houston. We found their praline royal cake to be a great substitute for hot meals in the event of a power outage.

Mardi Gras at the Downtown Aquarium

Sample Louisiana-style cuisine at the downtown aquarium during Mardi Gras season. Grab a table amid swimming sea creatures in the aquarium restaurant with an admission price of $25. Tickets can be purchased in line in advance.


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