Residents of Dallas and Houston don’t need to travel far to embrace the celebrations and traditions of Mardi Gras. From masquerades and king cake to parades and festivals, these cities put their own Texas twist and charm as they paint the streets purple, green and gold on this jubilant annual event.
Mardi Gras in Houston
The good times roll with Mardi Gras in Houston, with festivities continuing throughout the month of February. The Saturday before Mardi Gras, which falls on Feb. 13 this year, Houstonians and visitors alike will be drawn to Downtown for a myriad of events. Mardi Gras Houston is taking the celebration to the streets with a parade and themed festivities, a celebration that Downtownfest Houston hopes to turn into an annual experience.
A little further south, Galveston is hosting its annual Mardi Gras bash, with 24 parades and host of themed events and contests spreading over two weeks.
Want to celebrate Mardi Gras, but skip the larger events? Join Brennan’s of Houston for a prix fixe menu filled with Mardi Gras-themed fare and live jazz on Feb. 13.
Mardi Gras is also coming to Town Green Park in The Woodlands with Masquerade Woodlands, an event with activities for all ages. This Feb. 24 event features a pet parade, kids zone, cajun food and jazz and zydeco music. Like the area? Make time for a tour of a Darling Homes model at The Woodlands, where multiple collections of stunning, spacious homes priced from the low $400,000s are available.
Mardi Gras in Dallas
Mardi Gras Texas Style! is returning to Dallas for the 17th year with a festival full of country music and fun at the historic State Fairgrounds on Feb. 10, with 20 musical acts taking over five stages for the day.
The Krewe de Etoile is also hosting their annual Gala Masquerade Ball, an evening filled with Mardi Gras charm that benefits charity, with a Whimsical Wonderland theme on Feb. 10. This year’s spotlight charity is CitySquare, an organization which Darling Homes Dallas contributes contributes to with its annual coat drive each winter.
On Mardi Gras, Lake Dallas will mark the occasion with its 13th annual celebration. With a parade, vendor market and mask contest, live music and a crawfish eating contest, City Park in Lake Dallas will be filled with fun for all ages. Take a break from the festivities and head over to the Darling Homes communities of Hunters Glen or Parkside at Woodlake to check out the incredible neighborhoods and gorgeous, move-in-ready homes.
The merriment continues after Mardi Gras as well, with a themed bar crawl organized by Bar Crawl Nation taking place in Uptown Dallas on Feb. 17.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!