Exterior of the Tremont House with a car in front of the entrance

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06 Jan

Mardi Gras, Weekend Two: Preserve the Party in Pictures

You’ll join hundreds of thousands of Mardi Gras merry-makers rocking out on balconies, and the streets of the Uptown Entertainment District. Millions of beads will be tossed to revelers, many of whom collect and save these trinkets year after year. And, while beads make great mementos, we believe there’s nothing like photos and video to preserve the memories of your Mardi Gras experience. Here are a few suggestions for some uber-cool shots and vids that will make you the hottest TikTok sensation, or the darling of your Instagram feed.

  • The Mardi Gras Arch and The Tremont House, 2300 Ship’s Mechanic Row.
  • In front of any of Downtown Galveston’s beautiful murals
  • Grab a good spot for the most visual parades:
    • Funky Uptown Umbrella Brigade
    • Zaniest Golf Cart Parade
    • Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade
    • Krewe of Barkus & Meoux pet parade

Accommodations close to all the Mardi Gras festivities can be found at downtown Galveston’s The Tremont House, Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21, or Hotel Galvez & Spa on the beachfront.