Mardi Gras in TexasMardi Gras in Texas

Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is celebrated by krewes in cities and towns all around Texas. From Galveston to Jefferson, from Houston to Waco, Mardi Gras parades will be rolling during 2021.

This magnificent, costumed, beaded and feathered carnival is rich with tradition and is all about having a good time!

The traditional Mardi Gras colors, dating back to 1892, are purple (justice), green (faith) and gold (power).

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday, is scheduled in Texas for Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Parades, festivals, balls and other events may begin in some locations in January.

Shown below is a list of highlights of Mardi Gras events scheduled in Texas during most years. Click on krewe links for details and parade schedules and dates. Many dates are preliminary, or have not yet been set.

The list focuses on long-running Krewes and those with widespread appeal.

IMPORTANT NOTE

Concern over the spread of the COVID-19 virus has resulted in the postponement, rescheduling or cancellation of some Mardi Gras 2021 events.

Events are always subject to change. We recommended you contact the responsible event sponsor/krewe to confirm dates, times, parade schedules, routes and other details.

 

Where to Experience Mardi Gras in Texas in 2021 (preliminary)

City Mardi  Gras Event
Bandera Annual 11th Street Cowboy Mardi Gras
Beaumont Downtown Beaumont Mardi Gras
Clear Lake Yachty Gras
Corpus Christi Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival
Crystal Beach Annual Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras
Dallas

Krewe of Orleans Mardi Gras Ball

Annual Mardi Gras Texas Style:
State Fairgrounds in Dallas

Lake Dallas Mardi Gras

Galveston

Mardi Gras Galveston

Galveston.com Mardi Gras

Texas A&M at Galveston Mardi Gras

Krewe of Aquarius
Knights of Momus
Moody Gardens Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Henderson Mardi Gras sponsored by Main Street Henderson
Houston

Krewe of Olympus

Houston Creole Mardi Gras Parade

Jasper Jasper Mardi Gras
Jefferson

Krewe of Hebe - Mardi Gras Upriver

McKinney Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras
LaPorte Mardi Gras on Main Street
Midland Midland Mardi Gras
Nocono Nocono Mardi Gras
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras Parade
Orange Orange Mardi Gras
Palestine Palestine Mardi Gras
Port Arthur Port Arthur Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas
Rockport Lamar Volunteer Fire Department Mardi Gras
San Antonio Bud Light Mardi Gras Parade & Festival
San Marcos Mistick Krewe of Okeanos
Sherman Mardi Gras in Downtown Sherman
Texarkana Texarkana Mardi Gras
Texas City Mainland Mardi Gras
Waco Waco Mardi Gras Ball


Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas
(Courtesy of the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau) 

Mardi Gras parade and festivities in downtown Galveston, Texas

Mardi Gras in Port Arthur
Mardi Gras in Port Arthur, Texas
Mardi Gras in Palestine, Texas
Mardi Gras in Palestine, Texas

 

Texas Mardi Gras King Cakes

Long a Mardi Gras tradition in Texas, the King Cake is baked from a rich dough and filled with cream cheese, cinnamon, chocolate, or other sweets. It is topped with a glaze and sprinkles in the Mardi Gras colors or gold, green, and purple. There might also be some beads to adorn the cake!

Traditionally the cake contains a small plastic baby inside ... whoever gets the baby in their piece of the King Cake gets the honor of bringing the next cake to the party or office!

It's just not Mardi Gras in Texas without a King Cake!
It's just not Mardi Gras in Texas without a King Cake!

 

Texas Mardi Gras Dates in Upcoming Years

Calculating future Mardi Gras dates isn't that difficult!

Easter is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. The date can range from March 23 to April 25. Ash Wednesday is 46 days before Easter, and Fat Tuesday is always the day before Ash Wednesday.

Using the formula and looking at the calendar, here is a list of the next five Mardi Gras dates:

  • February 16, 2021
  • March 1, 2022
  • February 21, 2023
  • February 13, 2024
  • March 4, 2025

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