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Where to Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast

Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Parades that are at the Beach


Celebrate Mardi Gras on the Gulf Coast! Traditional Mardi Gras parades combined with a coastal location is the perfect combination.

Catch some beads and hit the beach!


1. Barefoot Mardi Gras – Padre Island, Texas

Celebrate Mardi Gras directly on the beach! Park on the beach along the parade route and pull out your folding camp chairs to watch the decked out golf carts and floats.

Food Trucks, Live Music, Face Painting, Crafts, Beer + more. The date has been announced on the Barefoot Mardi Gras Facebook Page.

Date: February 22nd, 2020
Parade: 11am
King & Queen’s Ball: 7:30pm
Website: N/A


2. Mardi Gras Festival – Galveston, Texas

The 3rd largest Mardi Gras in the US and this year is the 109th celebration. Twenty-five parades and typically over 30 music acts perform.

Parade themes are unique! Such as the Decorated Umbrella Parade, Golf Cart Parade and Fiesta Parade. You can buy tickets to Balcony Parties that overlook the parade route or purchase a spot to actually ride in one of the parades.

Date: February 14th – February 25th, 2020
Website: Mardi Gras! Galveston


3. Mardi Gras – Orange Beach, Alabama

Stay for the weekend. Enjoy the beach during the day and the parades at night.

Marching bands to big floats along Perdido Beach Boulevard for two different night parades.

“Moon Pies on Main” Mardi Gras festivities is a fun family friendly event where they throw Moon Pies and host a kid and pet parade.


  • February 22nd, 2020 (Saturday) is the Mardi Gras Krewe Parade along the beach road.
  • February 24th, 2020 (Monday) “Moon Pies on Main” Mardi Gras Festival
  • February 25th, 2020 (Tuesday) The City of Orange Beach will host a Mardi Gras parade at 2pm.

Website: Orange Beach Mardi Gras


4. Mardi Gras on the Island – Pensacola Beach

The main festival is in downtown Pensacola with a large parade and an expected 100,000 attendees.

The Krewe of Wrecks Mardi Gras Parade is March 3rd and looks to be a fairly short parade route. Most importantly, it ends at the beach! The after parade parties are at various locations, but the Boardwalk is the main shindig with live music.

Date: February 22nd, 2020
Website: Pensacola Grand Mardi Gras Parade


5. Mardi Gras & Music Festival – Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach has the most beautiful white sugar sand and emerald green ocean. The Mardi Gras festival has a great line up of country and cajun music and a full weekend of events.

The parade travels right by the beach and both nights end with a fireworks show over the ocean.

Date: February 21st – 22nd, 2020
Website: Panama City Beach Mardi Gras & Music Festival

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