Mardi Gras

Houstonians and The Heritage Society Revive a Coronation Ball

King and Queen Duke and C.C. Ensell NoTsuOh 2020, Photo Credit:  Priscilla Dickson

The Heritage Society recreates a Downtown business tradition that occurred in the early 1900s Did you know that Houston once had kings and queens who ruled over a week-long Mardi Gras like festival with a backward theme? On Friday, May 7, 2021, a new NoTsuOh king and queen will be crowned at The Heritage Society’s Coronation Gala, to be held at The Ballroom at Bayou Place, at 500 Texas Avenue. “The NoTsuOh festival is one of the great traditions from early Houston that brought Texans together in Downtown to launch agriculture and trade,” Alison Ayres Bell, executive director of The Heritage Society, said. “From 1899 to 1915, merchants came […]

Fulshear Katy Chamber of Commerce Hosting Mardi Gras Casino Night Friday

By George Slaughter The Fulshear Katy Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its growing membership with a Mardi Gras-themed casino night. The event is set for 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Arc of Katy, 21402 Merchants Way. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online at the chamber website. Proceeds from this and other chamber events go to support the chamber’s mission and programs that serve its members and communities. Attendees will receive a raffle ticket […]

Galveston Hosting its First-Ever Christmas Tree and Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contests

A Christmas tree lights up Galveston (photo courtesy Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau)

By George Slaughter GALVESTON—More than local 40 boutiques, businesses, galleries, and shops are participating in the inaugural Galveston Holiday Tree Decorating Contest. The contest, which began December 1 and runs through January 4, enables shoppers to admire the creatively decorated trees and vote on their favorite entries. The trees also make great backgrounds for holiday photo opportunities. Meanwhile, as many know, Galveston is home to the third-largest Mardi Gras in the country. Mardi Gras, typically […]

New Location for Galveston’s Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contest Announced

New! Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contest: Galveston is home to the third largest Mardi Gras in the country. Normally on parade during festival weekends in February and March, several of these colorful floats will be on display at the Galveston Cruise Terminal, 2502 Harborside Drive, two Saturdays in December. Local Mardi Gras krewes have been tasked with decorating the floats with over-the-top holiday themes for the chance to reign supreme! Island visitors are encouraged to view the […]

Mardi Gras and More this Holiday Season in Historic Downtown Galveston

New events on tap to enhance the holiday spirit Take Victorian charm, shopping opportunities galore and throw in some bon temps and you have the makings for a fun and festive holiday season on Galveston Island. Two new events give visitors the opportunity to exercise their right to vote, plus an Insta-worthy returning favorite are sure to add to the holiday spirit. New! Mardi Gras Float Decorating Contest: Galveston is home to the third largest Mardi Gras in […]

Houston Symphony Celebrates Mardi Gras With Family Concert And “Carnival Of The Animals”

The Houston Symphony will celebrate Mardi Gras family-style with performances of Mardi Gras Menagerie! at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jones Hall. The jazzy, fun-filled celebration will be led by Associate Conductor Robert Franz. The program will include Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals, including elephants, kangaroos and feathery friends vividly brought to life by the orchestra and duo pianists Scott Holshouser and Steven Dong. Holshouser, the Symphony’s principal keyboardist, has been a […]