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February 25 – 2011 Mardi Gras | Galveston ~ George Mitchell Parade

In 1985, George Mitchell was pivotal in reviving a city-wide celebration of Mardi Gras in Galveston. This celebration coincided with the grand opening of The Tremont House. Now, in 2011, the Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House continued the Mardi Gras tradition by hosting a new parade entitled “A Salute to George Mitchell,”. And to get things started, February 25th was proclaimed to be “George Mitchell Day.” 

Following the George Mitchell Parade came the Umbrella Brigade, also a new addition to  Mardi Gras Galveston. A walking processional, more than 500 costumed participants lined The Strand holding Mardi Gras themed umbrellas.  Marching through Galveston’s historic district these merrymakers donned umbrellas outlined with boa feathers, blinking lights, beads and bells. There was a family of jelly fish like umbrellas, umbrellas that sparkled and an umbrella who’s owner looked like Donald Duck. But not only were these folks having an outrageously good time they also broke the Guinness World record for doing an umbrella dance. Stopping in front of the Tremont House, the entire parade performed the Hokey Pokey dance for 5 minutes.

To finish up the evening we stopped by the very popular Barn Bash hosted by the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius. Hundreds and hundreds of people squeezed in and out of the Aquarius float barn to get a glimpse of the 2011 floats, enjoy the live entertainment, a little brew and of course catch beads. Mardi Gras was in full swing on 31st  Street in Galveston.

The Fun Shop
If you participate in Mardi Gras you need to make a trip to The Fun Shop. They have everything purple, green and gold. Click here to check it out.
• Cases and cases of Mardi Gras Throw Beads Fun-Shop Seabrook TX
• Mardi Gras Decorations
• Mardi Gras Eye Mask
• Lots of new Mardi Gras hand strung specialty beads
• Mardi Gras balcony party throws
Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez!

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