Houston’s Family Friendly Mardi Gras Events & Activities to Do at Home

Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good times roll with the family in tow this February.

This past August, we moved to the Houston area after spending five years in New Orleans.  As we packed up our family and belongings, I silently wept because we wouldn’t be there for Mardi Gras 2020, my favorite time of the year.  Mardi Gras is what made me fall in love with the city of New Orleans and while I couldn’t imagine missing it my first year after moving, with having a new baby a little more over a month ago, it just didn’t seem feasible for 2020 so I started doing some research to see if there were some Mardi Gras celebrations happening in my new city.  

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that there are lots of family-friendly Mardi Gras activities around the Bayou City {and many that are not so be sure to check before going!}. You can also have a carnival celebration full of beads, masquerades, and family fun without leaving the house! We have plenty of ideas to celebrate this festive time of year.  I’m currently pulling out all my green, gold, purple and glitter and planning which ones I’ll be attending. I hope to see there!

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What is Mardi Gras? Dating back to the 1600s, Mardi Gras is a feast and celebration {and in some cases debauchery and excessive indulgence} leading up to the observance of Lent, which is a solemn observance in the Christian religion that often includes fasting and giving up earthly pleasures. Mardi Gras is also known as Fat Tuesday. This year Fat Tuesday falls on March 5th, but celebrations begin weeks in advance.

Events Around Houston

7th Annual Houston Creole Mardi Gras Parade 

Location :: Downtown Houston

Day ::  Saturday, February 1st
Time :: Parade begins promptly at 9 am at Bell St and Jackson St
Cost :: Parade is free

Come and enjoy good food, good music, and good times. There will be an exciting, float-filled Mardi Gras Parade accompanied by a fun-filled festival celebrating the cultural richness of Creole heritage. There will be many local vendors and tasty food trucks for you to explore. The main stage will be filled with Creole musical acts.

Mainland Mardi Gras Parade

Location :: Texas City

Day ::  Saturday, February 8th at 12 pm
Time :: Parade route is Palmer Highway from 29th to 6th street
Cost :: Parade is free

Kick off the Mardi Gras season on the Mainland! Bring the whole family for a day full of fun, beads, and tailgating!

109th Mardi Gras! Galveston

Location :: Galveston

Day / Time :: Friday, Saturday and Sunday starting Feburary 14th – 25th
Cost :: Tickets starting at $12 (Kids 12 and under are free with a parent or guardian)

The more family-friendly Shiner’s Hospital for Children & Sunshine Kids Parade will be on Saturday, February 25th starting at noon and will proceed down the Strand. 

Yachty Gras Grand Night Boat Parade

Location :: Kemah Boardwalk

Day / Time :: Saturday, February 15th at 7 pm
Cost :: Free

Yachty Gras is America’s Largest Mardi Gras Boat Parade. Enjoy the festively decorated boats and all the carnival fun at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Kingwood Mardi Gras Festival and Parade

Location :: Kingwood, Town Center Park

Day / Time :: Saturday, February 22nd 12 pm – 6 pm
Cost :: Free

There will be live Zydeco music, a kids zone, craft vendors and food trucks. The Parade at 2 pm includes local schools, businesses and non-profit groups.

 


Fun Ideas to Celebrate at Home

Kings Cake Celebration

This is the easiest and most delicious way to celebrate! Pick up a kings cake at your local grocery store or bakery, or check out one of these special bakery finds from Contributor Brittney. In many cakes, there is a little hidden surprise for your family to uncover. The person who “wins” the surprise gets to bring king cake next year! Want to try making your own? Check out this kid-friendly recipe from the moms over in New Orleans. Or go the super easy route, grab your favorite crescent rolls in a can, add some icing, and some green and purple sprinkles! Yummy!

Have a Masquerade Ball

Pinterest is full of fun ideas to craft your own masquerade ball. Start with some construction paper jester hats. Add in some blinged-out paper plate masquerade masks. If you are brave, have fun enlisting the kids’ help decorating the house with beads and paper garland. Then sit back with some carnival tunes, mardi gras snack mix, and these fun party punches ::

Organize Your Own Neighborhood Krewe

A Krewe is a group that organizes a Mardi Gras parade, ball, or celebration. Get your neighborhood friends together this year to celebrate the joie de vivre spirit of sharing in good times, good food and spirits, and throwing trinkets! Parade the kids in their decorated wagons or tricycles, and let them dress up in their favorite costumes.

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Whatever you choose to do, be safe and let those good times roll!


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