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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Galveston Mardi Gras 2016 - Parking/Transport/After-Party

All Ya all,

I talked with Larry Thompson our Krewe of Gambrinus coordinator and he has graciously set up parking and transport for us for the parade.

Parade Start:

The Krewe is putting on buses for their own members (and us) from the Moody Gardens Parking Garage to the start of the parade which is directly across from the Galveston Convention Center on Seawall Blvd.  Their buses will start running around 3:00 pm and will most likely stop around 4:30 pm or a little sooner so that all of their members can get to the “Party Zone”, those events start around 4:00 pm.  We are invited to tag along on these so please park at the parking garage or near it and follow the people to the front of the parking garage and board a bus.  It will take you near the start of the parade and our truck/trailer will quite near to that.  If you are asked who you are with...just say “Houkulele and Larry Thompson asked us to hitch rides with you all.”

For those who cannot make the Krewe buses from Moody Gardens or prefer to come later then you should come to the Galveston Convention Center and park there and make your way to the “Party Zone” or Parade Start area and find us.

Parade End:

The parade ends near the Galveston Cruise Terminal...we should be directed to follow the floats to the front of the Train Museum which is where the Krewe buses will be to pick-up the Krewe members and us and transport everyone back to Moody Gardens.  If for some reason we are guided by the police to the Cruise Terminal Parking lot (where normal band buses are staged) don’t panic...it is only a short walk to the Train Museum to catch the Krewe buses.  I would ask that those who parked at the Galveston Convention Center board the Krewe buses and ask around our group and see if they can catch a ride with someone who has parked at the Moody Garden Parking Garage to take them to the Convention Center so they can pick up their cars.  Please...if you are asked to ferry these members be gracious and concede a ride.

Post Parade After-Party:

Larry Thompson has invited Houkulele members to join the Krewe at Moody Gardens for their Post Parade After-Party.  The cost is $35.00 a head (same as the Krewe) and there will be adult refreshments and a breakfast served as well as a live band and dancing.  If anyone is interested please let me know so I can give a count to the Krewe.

- Dave Skodack

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