New Orleans Mardi Gras parties are famous world wide. But if you can’t get to the Big Easy this year for Mardi Gras, Houstonians need not worry about finding places to have some fun. Houston has some wonderful spots to enjoy great food, drink, revelry, costumes and beads! If you are looking for 2009 Mardi Gras parties in Houston, look no further. The following list will help you pick out exciting places to go this Mardi Gras:
The Kemah Boardwalk, voted among the top ten boardwalks in the United States is once again home to some of the most enjoyable Mardi Gras events in Houston. Parking is abundant with reserve parking available at lots for a fee or you can park for free if you are up for a bit of a stroll. Most of the Kemah Mardi Gras events and attractions for 2009 are family friendly:
No Mardi Gras would be complete without great food and Kemah certainly delivers that! There are many restaurants available to choose from including Red Sushi and Hibachi Grill, Chart House, Babin’s Seafood House, Saltgrass Steak House, Cadillac Bar, Joe’s Crab Shack and Landry’s. But the crown jewel of the Kemah restaurants is The Aquarium Restaurant for wonderful seafood and beautiful aquatic displays in their 50,000 gallon aquarium in the center of the dining room. This restaurant is family friendly so adults and children alike can enjoy the food and entertainment.
Saturday, February 21st is the annual Yachty Gras in Kemah starting at 7:00 pm. During this Houston Mardi Gras event, yachts are decorated with lights, signs and streamers in festive Mardi Gras themes. Spectators can gather on the boardwalk to watch this magnificent water parade and hope to get beads thrown to them from the passing boats.
For those who would rather be throwing the beads, several packages are available for cruises that night. Starfleet Yachts has a formal Mardi Gras party that includes a Cajun buffet and a three hour cruise and place in the Yachty Gras for $69 per person. The Big White Boat also has an all inclusive dinner cruise for Yachty Gras. Join the 80’s themed cruise for dancing, food and drink. Adults are $69.95 and children $39.95.
February 22nd at 1:00 pm the Kemah Truck Parade starts for Houston Mardi Gras 2009. Spectators will enjoy the parade of trucks decorated in the Mardi Gras spirit. The parade is free for all and appropriate for families.
Several of the Ragin’ Cajun restaurants are having live bands to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston on the 24th of February. You can enjoy some of the best Cajun food including crawfish dishes and listen to authentic Zydeco music. Check the website for the location nearest you and feel free to bring the kids.
Willie’s Ice House will also have mud mugs available along with their usual selection of hamburgers and chicken. The 290 location will have the band Marcus Ardoin and the Zydeco Legends performing there from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston on the 24th. Adults will enjoy the food and music while kids will enjoy the sandbox and fun this Mardi Gras in Houston.
Pappadeaux is another of the Houston Cajun restaurants having live Zydeco music performances on Mardi Gras. Starting at 6:00 pm, bands will perform at multiple locations. Check the Internet for the nearest location. Adults will enjoy this more upscale dining establishment but children are also welcome.
Older children and adults may be interested in the premier of the film Texas Zydeco being shown at the Heinen Theatre at Houston Community College at 7:00 pm February 5th and 10:00 am February 6th. This show is free in celebration of Mardi Gras in Houston 2009.
For adventurous adult couples aged 21 and up, go to Club Cave on February 21st to celebrate Mardi Gras 2009. Doors open at 9:00 pm and the party continues until 3:00 am. Cover is $45.00 for member couples and $10.00 for single females. For those who do not already have a membership, they start at $25.00 and can be purchased at the door. There will be a lot of fun, excitement and dancing with music by JD, Houston’s hottest DJ. Enjoy dancing to a variety of music with the award winning light show that has been upgraded recently for even more spectacular effects. Masks and beads will be available at the front door and there will be contests and prizes for the best Mardi Gras costumes and most beads collected during the night. Club Cave is a BYOB club so bring your beer, wine or liquor of your choice to bring in Mardi Gras in Houston 2009! They have a full set up bar for sodas, juices and mixers.
For people wanting to have a party at home, learn how to cook for the occasion by taking a Cajun cooking class! For only $60.00 per person on February 7th at Central Market you can learn how to make a scrumptious feast for your Houston Mardi Gras party including Gumbo Z’Herb, Shrimp Étoufée, Grillades & Grits, Tomato & Okra Gratin and Caramel Baked Pears with Absinthe Crème Anglaise.
Since 1867 Galveston has hosted Mardi Gras events that rival the ones held in New Orleans. This year’s Mardi Gras events in Galveston boast eleven parades and over fifty galas. In addition there are special events, parties, food, drink, music and of course, bead throwing. Galveston has worked very hard to make all the events family friendly and appropriate for both adults and children alike. The parades and entertainment can be perfect for people of all ages but parents may want to bring the little ones home and enjoy the night life kid-free. No matter how family events are encouraged, many people still party hard and earn beads in the typical manner which may not be appropriate for children to view.