Mardi Gras 2013: Texas Style

Mardi Gras may be the biggest party of the year, but it isn’t just for New Orleans, anymore. If you fancy a road trip in your camper this weekend, you’ll find Mardi Gras done Texas style in Galveston, Dallas, and Port Arthur.

Momus float courtesy Galveston.com

Momus float courtesy Galveston.com

In Galveston, you’ll find the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation. It’s grown a lot since I was last there, and now offers 38 concerts, 24 parades, 20 balcony parties and five elegant masked balls. If you’re taking the RV, there’s a lovely KOA overlooking Galveston Bay in nearby Baytown, or, visit Galveston.com for six more options!

In Dallas, you’ll find 28 bands and lots of benefit events, ranging from a mask auction benefiting young artists to Mardi Growl, which benefits Operation Kindness. There are plenty of Dallas-Fort Worth RV parks to choose from, including several featured in USA Today. Or, you may have seen my recent post about the Vineyards Campground, in Grapevine, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

Photo courtesy Galveston.com

Photo courtesy Galveston.com

Finally, you can head to Port Arthur, which is celebrating its 20th Mardi Gras anniversary with parades, motorcycle events, and concerts for the whole family. Don’t miss the snake encounters and performances by “Sonny the Bird Man” Carlin! Their spaces for RVs and travel trailers inside the festival grounds are all booked (sorry!) but the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau lists several other parks in the area.

Wherever you go, enjoy a great Mardi Gras celebration – Texas style!

~ G. Elaine Acker

 

 

 

 

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