Mardi Gras in Galveston

I had the pleasure of heading to Galveston with some girlfriends this weekend. I planned to be down there for the annual meeting of the owners’ association Saturday, the friends were an added bonus! Of course first thing we did was head to the beach. Ella loved it.

Ella loves the water

Ella loves the water

Coincidentally it was also the first weekend of Mardi Gras. If you don’t know, Galveston celebrates it BIG TIME. It’s a city wide party. The gals and I ate at Farley Girls Cafe (great fish tacos) and then went on to the Strand. It was totally decked out for the impending party. Happily we also discovered that we were there at the right time – the next day we’d have to pay to get into the Strand area as well as brave the crowds. So, we shopped away!

Mardi Gras gear

Mardi Gras gear

Two of the parades had new routes this year – The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius kicked off the weekend at 12 on Saturday with a parade from 57th and Seawall and and winding it’s way down Seawall, ending up at the Strand. The Krewe of Gambrinus kicked off the evening festivities at 57th and Seawall and winding up at the Entertainment District. The seawall was lined with RV campers and trailers with bleacher seating in preparation for the parades. These folks know what they are doing!

While we only caught a brief glimpse of the revelry, we enjoyed seeing all the prep work for it as well as the locals and visitors decked out in their purple, gold and green.

We tried a restaurant new to me at Pirate’s Cove for dinner Saturday. We ventured out to the Waterman.  It was GREAT. Three of us had the Tequila Shrimp, others ate a scallop pasta dish and fish. It was all delicious.

Tequila Shrimp

Tequila Shrimp

The view of the bay is lovely and the decks will be awesome in warm weather. It’s is a $$$ restaurant but lunch is less pricy. It was perfect for us for the night.

Friends at dinner

Friends at dinner

As I wrapped up the visit, I was happy to spy a Great Egret in the pond out back. It was nice to sit and watch it fish for breakfast. 

Great Egret

Great Egret

I’m never quite ready to leave the coast. The moment I’m in the car to head back to the city, I’m planning my next trip back to the water. I’m counting down the days.

 

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