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Galveston Mardi Gras 2013 — A Perfect Cruise Bookend

You likely think the fun starts when you get on board the ship. But if that’s the case, then you’re missing out…

We’ve already told you about some of the “permanent” things to do in Galveston before or after your cruise. There are a number of seasonal events that take place as well. In February, it’s Mardi Gras Galveston.

 Galveston’s Mardi Gras is the largest in Texas. This year’s festivities kick off on February 1 and run through February 12. There are a total of 20 parades this year, taking place on the Seawall and the Strand. That’s on top of all the other festivities, including more live music and good food than you can shake a stick at.

So what is a can’t-miss? Well, the biggest parades happen on Saturday, February 2, and Saturday, February 9. Those will be accompanied by large “Balcony Parties” on the Strand. In all, those Saturday nights can turn into some crazy memories… if you remember them at all.

Now it does cost $17 this year to access the Strand, where the biggest festivities take place. That’s a bit of a disappointment, but pretty cheap if you consider it a “cruise excursion.”

If you have kids, you won’t want to bring them to the Strand area on Saturday nights as it can get a little wild (although we had a ball there during our teenage years).

Whatever you decide to do, if you’re in Galveston for a cruise during Mardi Gras, it’s a must-see.

For more details, including parade routes and schedules, click here. A video of Mardi Gras in Galveston is below…

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