Get ready to party because it is time for Mardi Gras 2020. The colorful celebration marks the celebration of decadence before the start of Lent with parades, costumes, beads and Creole food. There is so much fun to be had, especially in the Houston area, and we’ve got the lowdown on it all.
Now in its 109th year, the Galveston Mardi Gras ranks as one of the largest in the country with more than three million beads thrown! The more than weeklong celebration, happening this year from Feb. 14-25, hosts a floatload of events including a 5k run, live musical performances and more parades than you can count.
Back in H-Town, head to B&B Butchers for a rooftop patio Mardi Gras Brunch Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy dueling pianos, face painting, and New Orleans-inspired dishes. This event fills up fast so make sure to reserve your spot in advance.
If you are looking for something a little more rambunctious and boozier, join Saint Arnold Brewery for their annual pub crawl on White Oak Blvd. on Feb. 15. Starting at Little Woodrow’s, drink your way through five other stops and you will receive their limited-edition Mardi Gras Pub Crawl glass.
One of the best things about Louisiana culture is the food. Many restaurants, like Eunice, are catering to the event with a Mardi Gras-themed meal on Tuesday, Feb. 25. Also, it is crawfish season, which what could be more Cajun than that? Get your fix at places like Boil House or BB’s Tex-Orleans, which hosts an annual Mardi Gras party with libations and live music.
When it comes to Mardi Gras, King Cake’s reign supreme. Thankfully in Houston, these purple/green/yellow confections are easier to find than the baby buried inside. Pick up one of these festive cakes at the award-winning Three Brother’s Bakery in either plain, or cream cheese with fruit. Each cake comes expertly decorated with beads and coins that will liven up any get together.
Or head over to The Acadian Bakers who bake up true Louisiana spirit with their three-pound King Cake that includes the options like strawberry, lemon curd, chocolate mousse, and pralines and cream fillings. And if cakes aren’t your thing, get a taste of N’awlins with a fluffy beignet from the Houston-staple Crescent City Beignets.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!