2020 Texas Mardi Gras Parades & Events
Mardi Gras in Texas
Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated by krewes in cities and towns all around Texas. From Galveston to Jefferson, from Houston to Waco, Mardi Gras parades will be rolling during 2020.
This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered carnival is rich with tradition and is all about having a good time!
The traditional Mardi Gras colors, dating back to 1892, are purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).
Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, will next be celebrated in Texas on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
Parades, festivals, balls and other events will begin in some locations in January.
Shown below is a list of highlights of Mardi Gras events scheduled in Texas during 2020. Click on krewe links for details and parade schedules and dates. Many dates are preliminary, or have not yet been set.
The list focuses on long-running Krewes and those with widespread appeal.
Be sure to check with individual event sponsors to determine the latest schedules, parade routes, times and other information.
Where to Experience Mardi Gras in Texas in 2020
Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas
(Courtesy of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau)
|Mardi Gras in Port Arthur
||Mardi Gras in Palestine, Texas
Texas Mardi Gras King Cakes
Long a Mardi Gras tradition in Texas, the King Cake is baked from a rich dough and filled with cream cheese, cinnamon, chocolate, or other sweets. It is topped with a glaze and sprinkles in the Mardi Gras colors or gold, green, and purple. There might also be some beads to adorn the cake!
Traditionally the cake contains a small plastic baby inside ... whoever gets the baby in their piece of the King Cake gets the honor of bringing the next cake to the party or office!
It's just not Mardi Gras in Texas without a King Cake!
Texas Mardi Gras Dates in Upcoming Years
Calculating future Mardi Gras dates isn't that difficult!
Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. The date can range from March 23 to April 25. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.
Using the formula and looking at the calendar, here is a list of the next four Mardi Gras dates:
- February 25, 2020
- February 16, 2021
- March 1, 2022
- February 21, 2023