It’s that time of the year again for King Cake, Beads, good food and even better music, or is it good music and even better food? Either way, Houston may not be New Orleans but we still have plenty of Mardi Gras events and activities to choose from.
Galveston’s Mardi Gras
The island of Galveston is the premier place to be Mardi Gras weekend and this year it celebrates its 100th year of Mardi Gras celebrations. Use this guide for a complete list of Krewe parades and activities Feb. 17-20, 2012. Two events you won’t want to miss are the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade and the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade.
Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade.
February 18, 6:30pm @ The Strand Historic District
2100 Strand Galveston, TX 77550
The Knights of Momus Grand Night Mardi Gras Parade is Galveston’s largest parade and within a short drive of Houston. Enjoy this free event complete with marching bands, floats, bead throwing and more.
Mardi Gras Children’s Parade
February 19, 2:00pm @ The Strand Historic District
2100 Strand Galveston, TX 77550
This free event is family friendly and geared toward the younger crowd, but still filled with all the excitement of a traditional Mardi Gras parade. Don’t miss out on the pageantry and fun during this kid friendly celebration.
Mardi Gras Party Cruise
For $59.00 a person indulge in a party cruise in the Kemah area complete with pirates and maidens dancing their way to earn their beads, a Cajun buffet and even some “grog.” Adults only will enjoy the music, fun and dinner cruise which will feature a costume contest and complete Cajun menu. Reservations are required. Visit Star Fleet online to schedule.
The Food of Mardi Gras
You can go out and about or cook at home, either way your taste buds will be celebrating all the flavors of New Orleans.
Cooking in the Big Easy Class
February 21, 6:30pm Leisure Learning Unlimited, Houston
Register for your class here. For $65.00 learn how to make Crabmeat Lafitte, an appetizer from the Andrew Jackson Restaurant on Royal Street Shrimp Remoulade Pompano Fillets Saute Meuniere Shrimp Stuffed Green Peppers and for dessert Bourbon Balls.
Of course you don’t have to cook at home. You can get your own authentic “taste of New Orleans” throughout Mardi Gras or anytime by visiting Zimm’s Little Deck and indulge in po’ boys (or rich ones), spicy Gumbo and if the weather is nice play, a game of petanque.
Try your hand at created the best gumbo ever and have it judged, or just indulge in the gumbo and other flavorful Cajun dishes available at the Bon Temps Gumbo Cook Off & Carnival on March 5, 2012 at the (Humble Civic Center, 8233 Will Clayton Parkway, Humble, TX). From 12pm – 10pm enjoy a petting zoo, bounce house and games for the children, live music, Gumbo and Bingo and “let the good times roll.”
Music and Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras would not be the same without the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco music. Be sure to visit the websites of these popular Houston area pubs and bars to find out performance schedules:
House of Blues, 1204 Caroline Street, Houston, TX 77002. Call (888) 402-5837 or visit online to purchase tickets.
Ragin Cajun (16100 Kensington Dr., Sugar Land, TX)
Molly Malone’s Pub (7824 Louetta Road, Spring, TX)
The Shakespeare Pub (14129 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX)
The Big Easy (5731 Kirby Dr., Houston, TX)
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