Laissez les bons temps rouler.  Galveston’s 103rd annual celebration of Mardi Gras kicks off today.

Big doin’s this evening on the island.  The fun gets underway at 5pm a Party Gras Parade, leading up to the Award Ceremony and Parade honoring Krewe of Gambrinus Captain George Black and the late Galveston dignitary Donald Schattel Sr.  The Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade is at 8.  Bring a decorated umbrella, dance the Hokey Pokey and get free admission as Galveston tries to break last year’s record of 1,792 umbrella dancers.

The Cadillac Three headlines at the Budweiser stage at 10 this evening.

There will be five parades on Saturday, including the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Kick-Off Parade at noon and the Krewe of Gambrinus “Lights Up the Night” Parade at  6pm.

You can get a complete list of all events, dates and times at