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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Galveston Mardi Gras 2016 - Saturday, January 30th

Time to start thinking about Mardis Gras in Galveston, and our parade sponsors The Krewe of Gambrinus!

I just received our official invitation, to which I responded affirmatively. The parade is Saturday the 30th of January this year. Parade starts at 6:00 pm on the Seawall near the Convention Center. The theme is "Circus" so any appropriate costume would be welcome. Details still to be worked out, but will most likely be similar to last year.

I have received suggestions for songs that should work:
  • "Man on the Flying Trapeze"
  • a rendition of "March of the Gladiators" (on Kazoos of course)
  • the same for "Baby Elephant Walk"
  • "Saints Go Marching In"
  • a 12 bar blues filler
Any other suggestions welcome. Eric Hesson has agreed to provide a practice video like last year.

The following is excerpted from our invitation:

Dear Band Directors,

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it is time to begin preparations for the upcoming Mardi Gras festivities in Galveston. The 27th annual Krewe of Gambrinus "Lights up the Night" parade will occur on Saturday evening January 30. Staging will begin after 4 pm along Seawall Boulevard with the parade commencing at 6 pm. Band members will be guided into their starting positions by parade officials dressed in RED suits.

Band buses should approach Seawall Blvd on 59th Street, offload their participants at Maco Street and exit northbound along 57th Street. Buses will then proceed to the waiting area located at the Cruise Ship parking lot on 25th Street and Harbourside Dr. The parade will terminate at the intersection of 25th Street and Strand where all bands will be directed to the buses.

The theme of this year's parade is "The Circus." The Honorary Parade Marshall is Beaver Aplin who is the founder of the popular Buc-ee's chain of Texas convenience stores. His personal float will lead our large parade with over sixty participating groups which includes thirteen bands. Expected attendance should exceed 200,000.

More to come...
- Dave Skodack

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