Fat Tuesday isn’t until Feb. 12, but why wait until then to let the good times roll? Mardi Gras events are popping up across Texas this weekend, complete with parades, costumes, and Cajun-style food and music. Festivities include:
Galveston: Mardi Gras Galveston, Feb. 1-12
Bandera: Cowboy Mardi Gras, Feb. 1-3
Port Arthur: Mardi Gras Southeast Texas, Feb. 7-10
Jefferson: Mardi Gras Upriver, Feb. 8-10
Lamar: Lamardi Gras, Feb. 8-9
Crystal Beach: Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade, Feb. 9
Kemah: Yachty Gras Boat Parade, Feb. 9
Nocona: Mardi Gras Nocona Style, Feb. 9
Waxahachie: Mardi Gras on the Square, Feb. 9
McKinney: Krewe of Barkus Costumed Dog Parade, Feb. 10
Since Texas is a melting pot of so many cultures, there are some other flavors of this pre-Lenten celebration to try. In Austin, there’s Carnaval Brasiliero on Feb. 2, which is one of the largest such celebrations outside of Brazil. You can also experience the German take on the festivities at Fasching Week, Feb. 2-12 in Fredericksburg.
Now, who can help me translate “let the good times roll” into Portuguese and German? I try to be prepared for anything.