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Monday, January 11, 2016

Galveston Mardi Gras 2016 - Latest Info

All Ya all,

Here are some of the plans and details of the Mardis Gras Parade you should be aware of.

1) Parade is Saturday January 30, 2015 Galveston, TX

2) “The Circus” is the theme. Costumes appropriate to the theme are desired. Decoration of the Truck/trailer to be conventional Mardis Gras colors as year’s past. (If anyone has some stuffed circus type animals they would be willing to be allowed to be added to the decorations, they would be welcome...please not your child’s favorite because it may be inadvertently misplaced or damaged)

3) Songs and chords have been/will be posted on this site...please practice!

4) There will be Gatorade and water available. BYOB if you want something else.

5) We will be placed in the Float section rather than the Marching Band Section
  • Truck/trailer to be assembled on Thursday afternoon-and Friday in West Isle on Galveston Island. (If you are available to help assemble on Friday let me know) Final decoration touches to be done after spotting in the parade lineup on Saturday.
  • Sound check on equipment on the Truck/trailer Friday evening
  • Truck/trailer to be at Avenue G and 44th at 0900am on Saturday morning to be spotted in place and then proceed with the Floats under police escort to the Seawall Blvd. (Should be in place by 11:00am, expect spot between 57th and 59th Streets)
  • Finish decorations on the Truck/trailer at the Seawall

6) We are invited to PLAY and play in the Krewe “Party Section” before the parade (we get fed)
and can warm up on our pieces (not expected to perform a concert)
  • Participants in the “Party Section” to be in place by 4:00pm b. “Party Section” lasts from 4:15pm to 5:30pm

7) Parade scheduled to start at 6:00pm The parade route runs along Seawall Boulevard, turns north on 25th Street and winds through the Historic Strand District in downtown Galveston. Parade duration is about two and one-half hours and ends near the Galveston Cruise ship Terminal.

8) Transport: The Krewe of Gambrinus has offered to help us again this year. They are going to bus their participants back from the parade end to Moody Gardens, (where their after‐party is). We could hitch some rides with them so that personnel can get to Moody Gardens if they will park their private vehicles there and carpool to the start of the parade. The parade start is near the Galveston Convention Center Parking Garage.

Since we have to somehow get people shuttled from 1) Moody Gardens (to the parade start), 2) Parade end (most likely walk to where the Krewe catches their buses) to Moody Gardens, 3) Moody Gardens to Galveston Convention Center (parade start if people park there or for car pools from Moody Gardens).

Parking at the Galveston Convention Center (5600 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551) is a two story parking garage located directly below the Convention Center with over 700 parking spaces. There are two entrances on 57th street and one entrance in the Hilton parking lot. The parking
is complimentary.

There are ample parking spaces at Moody Gardens as well.

- Dave Skodack

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