Mardi Gras in TexasMardi 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

City Mardi  Gras Event
Bandera 15th Annual 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras
February 12-15, 2020
Beaumont Downtown Beaumont Mardi Gras
February 20-23, 2020
Clear Lake Yachty Gras
February 15, 2020
Corpus Christi Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival
February 22, 2020
Crystal Beach 30th Annual Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras
February 22, 2020
Dallas

Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball
January 18, 2020

Annual Mardi Gras Texas Style:
State Fairgrounds in Dallas
February 22, 2020

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras

Galveston

Mardi Gras Galveston
February 14-25, 2020

Galveston.com Mardi Gras

Texas A&M at Galveston Mardi Gras
February 22, 2020

Krewe of Aquarius
Knights of Momus
Moody Gardens Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Henderson Mardi Gras sponsored by Main Street Henderson
Houston

Krewe of Olympus
February 1, 2020

Houston Creole Mardi Gras Parade
February 1, 2020

Jasper Jasper Mardi Gras
Jefferson

Krewe of Hebe - Mardi Gras Upriver
February 21-23, 2020

McKinney Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras
February 23, 2020
LaPorte Mardi Gras on Main Street
February 22, 2020
Midland Midland Mardi Gras
Nocono Nocono Mardi Gras
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade
February 23, 2020
Orange Orange Mardi Gras
Palestine Palestine Mardi Gras
February 15, 2020
Port Arthur Port Arthur Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
February 20-23, 2020
Rockport Lamar Volunteer Fire Department Mardi Gras
Febryary 15, 2020
San Antonio Bud Light Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
February 22-23, 2020
San Marcos Mistick Krewe of Okeanos
February 22, 2020
Sherman Mardi Gras in Downtown Sherman
February 22, 2020
Texarkana Texarkana Mardi Gras
Texas City Mainland Mardi Gras
February 8, 2020
Waco Waco Mardi Gras Ball
February 22, 2020


Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas
(Courtesy of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau) 

Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas

Mardi Gras in Port Arthur
Mardi Gras in Port Arthur, Texas
Mardi Gras in Palestine, Texas
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!
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

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