Mardi Gras is an exciting and memorable event. Held in New Orleans each year leading up to Fat Tuesday and the beginning of the Lenten season, Mardi Gras is a party of extreme proportions and many people place attendance at this annual event at the top of their bucket list. But you don’t have to travel to Louisiana to enjoy Mardi Gras because there are many Mardi Gras-themed events scheduled for the local area. Here are the top Mardi Gras celebrations in Houston.
Mardi Gras Galveston
2314 Strand St.
Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 770-0999

Date: Feb. 6-17, 2015

The largest and most highly attended Mardi Gras event in the Houston area is Mardi Gras Galveston. Held mostly in downtown Galveston on the historic Strand, Mardi Gras Galveston is a 12-day event that begins with a 5k run and ends with a Fat Tuesday celebration reminiscent of some of the finest in the United States. Guests can watch one of the parades from the street and catch beads the old fashioned way or join one of the many balcony parties and watch the show from safer and more comfortable confines. Mardi Gras Galveston dates back to 1867 and the event is now one of the largest annual celebrations on the island.

The Big Easy Social And Pleasure Club
5731 Kirby Drive
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 523-9999

With a New Orleans-influenced name and vibe, The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club is a great place to visit for some indoor Mardi Gras entertainment. The club is located near Rice Village and is popular for its blues and Zydeco, and each week features some of the best New Orleans-style entertainment. Mardi Gras is a major event at The Big Easy Social and Pleasure Club, with locals joining together in a spirit of revelry. It’s a great place to visit on Fat Tuesday for one final bash before Lent.

University Of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala
3800 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 525-3100

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

University of St. Thomas is a Catholic institution and its Mardi Gras roots go all the way back to the 1950s. This year, University of St. Thomas is celebrating its 65th annual Mardi Gras Gala and the public is invited to attend this year’s festival at Hilton Americas – Houston for an evening of beads, dancing, food and drink. The University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala is more than just a party, it is also a fundraising event and last year raised over $800,000 for student scholarships. The philanthropic nature of the gala makes it unique among celebrations and a good choice for the charitable among us.

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Brennan’s Of Houston
3300 Smith St.
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 522-9711

Date: Feb. 17, 2015

Scheduled for Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 5:45 p.m. to 10 p.m., Brennan’s of Houston’s Mardi Gras celebration is perfect for those who want to celebrate Mardi Gras with a touch of class. Scheduled to coincide with Fat Tuesday, Brennan’s of Houston marks the occasion of Mardi Gras with a full- fledged party complete with live jazz music, a specialty menu and cocktails made specially for the occasion. The beads will be flying and the feet will be moving at this Mardi Gras celebration and guests are encouraged to join in the fun and indulge to the fullest.

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