Texans' Roy Lopez to serve as Grand Marshal at Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration

Mardi Gras! is right around the corner. Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.

GALVESTON ISLAND, Texas (Feb. 2, 2022) – If you’re looking to catch some beads this carnival season, look no further than the 111th celebration of Mardi Gras! Galveston.

Taking place Feb. 18 - March 1, Galveston’s Mardi Gras celebration will feature 22 parades and 22 concerts as the island’s krewes prepare to throw more than three million beads and other trinkets to throngs of revelers. For tickets, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com.

Houston Texans defensive lineman Roy Lopez, a standout rookie and one of just 24 Latino players in the NFL in 2021, will serve as Grand Marshal of Mardi Gras! Galveston’s fifth annual Fiesta Gras celebration of Hispanic heritage on Sunday, Feb. 20. Lopez will lead a parade through the Galveston Historic District at 4 p.m. to close out the day's festivities. Fiesta Gras also will feature a 12 p.m. concert by San Antonio-based Tejano group La Dezz, a 1 p.m. parade and 2:30 p.m. headlining performance by Latin Grammy Award-winning Tejano group Siggno.

Other music headliners at Mardi Gras! Galveston include multi-platinum Mississippi rock group 3 Doors Down on Saturday, Feb. 19; and country artist Matt Stell on Friday, Feb. 25, on Mardi Gras! Galveston's First Responders Day, which offers free admission to first responders and anyone with a military ID plus a guest.

Mardi Gras! Galveston also has announced its inaugural Bead Recycling Program, with a goal to recycle one million beads in 2022. The program was launched to get Mardi Gras beads out of the trash while providing Life Skills students from Galveston's Ball High School the opportunity to collect, clean, sort and repackage the beads and raise profits for a future community center.

Founded in 1867, Mardi Gras! Galveston is the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States and the largest in Texas. Festival organizer Yaga’s Entertainment donates a portion of proceeds to charitable causes such as The Sunshine Kids, Shriners Hospital for Children, Galveston Education Foundation, Texas A&M Maritime Academy and local firefighters.

About Mardi Gras! Galveston

Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that precedes the season of Lent, was first publicly observed on Galveston Island in 1867. Following a sabbatical imposed in 1941 by war and challenging times, Mardi Gras! Galveston was revived in 1985 by Galveston-born preservationist and developer George P. Mitchell. The largest celebration of its kind in Texas and the third largest in the nation, Mardi Gras! Galveston brings the island’s streets to life with parade viewers shouting for beads, lively tunes played by the colorful marching bands, and the infectious merriment that dominates the island for two full weeks. The Island’s 111th annual Mardi Gras celebration, to be held Feb. 18 to Mar. 1, 2022, is expected to draw more than 350,000 attendees. For more information, visit https://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/.

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