Mardi Gras in Galveston TexasI have many happy Galveston memories leading the Krewe of Bacchus riding in the Krewe of Aquarius Parade in the Mardi Gras! Galveston 2013 is right up there.

Mardi Gras is another unique highlight to living in Galveston. Did you know our island hosts the third largest Mardi Gras in the United States with 23 parades, 16 krewes and more than 3 million beads being thrown? This year, Mardi Gras! Galveston 2015 runs from February 6 through February 17 in Galveston, Texas.

People who have never visited the island during Mardi Gras may be confused as to what the fuss is all about. But once they’ve been to their first parade, ball or party, they can’t get enough.

Galveston really comes alive during Mardi Gras, with parades, live music performances, lights, balcony parties in downtown, porch parties along parade route and lots of people. Also, there are decora- tions everywhere. It’s a blast to see so many people in this lovely city really having a great time and enjoying the aspects of this city that make Galveston a fun place to both visit and live in

While our tourists are enjoying the celebration, it is im-portant to remember the economic impact Mardi Gras has on the island. With all the people coming to the island, there’s more business. Hotels, bars and restaurants that may usually hit a low when it’s of season get a boost during Mardi Gras. And, with so many people enjoying their time here, how can they not notice the nice neighborhoods and meet locals having a great time as well.

This is also a busy time for short-term rentals, another economic driver on the island. here are many instances of people visiting annually, during other times of the year in addition to Mardi Gras. his, of course, leads to a greater possibility of more rental and house sales.

Finally the economic impact is felt as the 16 krewes of Mardi Gras hold parties and events throughout the year to get ready for the upcoming Mardi Gras, which means even more exposure to real estate and opportunities for added business and the all-important “heads in beds,” which help support the wonderful arts community we enjoy here in Galveston.

There are a lot of people on the island for these exciting festivi- ties. Let’s give the police less to worry about friends, and remember to be safe over the two weekends and please watch out for each other, and not drink and drive or let your friends drink and drive. Let the good times roll – Mardi Gras! Galveston 2015, another reason those of us lucky to live near the sea are lucky enough!

Note: This post is a slightly-edited article which originally appeared in the Galveston County Daily News. As the newly elected president of Galveston Association of Realtors, Tom’s weekly column will highlight interesting topics related to Galveston Real Estate, homes for sale in Galveston county, as well as island living.

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