Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Kid-Friendly Mardi Gras

Yes, Galveston will have the Pet Parade and Children's Parade this Sunday afternoon on Seawall Blvd. I drove to Galveston on Monday afternoon so my Grammy & PaPa Don could see the island post-Hurricane Ike and I was pleased to see that progress really is being made. In fact, the beach along Seawall Blvd. looked cleaner than I ever remember it. Hope you'll enjoy these kid-friendly parades on Sunday. Cross your fingers for good weather.

10th Annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras Parade (also known as the Pet Parade) - 1 pm, line-up begins at noon. Bringing out the best in people and their pets, this parade begins at 27th and Seawall and proceeds west to 45th. Pets of all sizes, shapes, and species are welcome (costumes optional). Pre-parade costume contest, with the winners making up the Royal Court. Last year we had approximately 200 animals and hope to top that number. This parade benefits the daily operations of the Galveston Island Humane Society. $15 advance registration and $20 day of parade. Info and registration: Cynthia McEldowney at 409-744-0102 or cynthiamce@aol.com.

Mardi Gras Children’s Parade - 2 pm, Firefighters Local 571 hosts a parade dedicated to the families and children of Galveston. The 2009 parade celebrates “A Salute to Comic Book Heroes”, with costumed kids and decorated floats. Parade begins at 27th Street and Seawall, and proceeds to 47th Street to the Academy parking lot. Pre-registration for parade participation is required. Info: Charles Olsen at 409-789-1265 or http://www.childrensparade.org/.

More info is also available online at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/festivities/calendar.html. These two parades really are good, clean fun for families.

Until the next nap time...