The 103rd celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston kicked off Friday night with thousands in attendance. Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived on Galveston Island in 1985 and is now the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country.  Friday began with an awards ceremony along with parade in front of the Tremont House, followed by an umbrella brigade, and another parade to end the night. 

Ivette Wilhelm of Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau told our television partner Local 2, "We want everyone to have a safe and fun time."   With masked balls, balcony parties, parades, and concerts including headliners Uncle Kracker, Clockwork, DJ Erok; revelers have a lot to look forward to this year.  300,000 people are expected to be in attendance this year and Wilhelm said Galveston is definitely prepared, "Galveston Police Department is fully ready and prepared to handle crowds." 

This year's Mardi Gras festivities run from February 21-March 4th.  Paid parking will be enforced on the Seawall Boulevard.

Video courtesy of KTRH television partner KPRC Local 2.

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