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21 Jan

Perfect Places to Snap a Mardi Gras Selfie (Even When It’s Cancelled!)

Here are a few suggestions for some photoshoot-worthy photo ops that will make you the darling of your Instagram feed:

  • Pleasure Pier has long been promoted as the “Coney Island of the South” with 16 rides, including the Iron Shark roller coaster with a “beyond vertical” drop! When it comes to photos, try to find a single backdrop not worthy of the ‘Gram, from old-school colorful carnival vibes to views of the entire park and ocean from the top of the Ferris wheel.

  • The center of would-be Mardi Gras festivities is The Strand National Historic Landmark District (or just “The Strand” in short!). This strip was also the heart of Galveston in the late 1800s and early 1900s when the city was dubbed the “New York of Texas.” Today you can snap a selfie or perhaps a #designinspo shot in front of many historical buildings whose designs were inspired by the golden ages of the Greeks and the Victorians.

  • The Tremont House is not just a beautiful hotel, but a key part of Galveston’s Mardi Gras history. Back in 1985, a citywide Mardi Gras celebration was revived by native Galvestonian George P. Mitchell and his wife, Cynthia who kicked off the festivities with the opening of their grand hotel—the first major hotel to open in downtown Galveston in 60 years! Today you can strike a pose in front of the Victorian-style facade of the hotel and look as if you traveled back in time. Or wait till the sun goes down for the truly illuminating backdrop of the Mardi Gras Arch, right next door.

Accommodations close to all of these festive photo ops can be found at downtown Galveston’s The Tremont House, Harbor House Hotel & Marina at Pier 21, or Hotel Galvez & Spa on the beachfront.