If there is any state that is closely tied to the spirit of Cajun country, it’s Texas.
Texas and Louisiana are neighbors, and, especially in the eastern portion of the state, the spirit of Cajun culture runs particularly deep. One of the ways the Lone Star State shows solidarity with the Bayou State when it comes to Mardi Gras is throwing parades and parties, and if you’re in Texas and are looking for a Mardi Gras parade or party, here are the best the Lone Star State has to offer.
Mardi Gras Texas Style
Fair Park -- 1010 First Ave., Dallas, TX 75210
Texas does everything big, and that includes Mardi Gras. The celebration of Cajun culture will be on full display when one of the largest Mardi Gras parties will commence with Mardi Gras Texas Style, a party that will combine the best of Texas cowboy culture with the best of Cajun country. With music, food, and, of course, Mardi Gras beads, this will be a Texas-style party that you will not want to miss.
Mardi Gras! Galveston
Feb. 17-28 @ 5 p.m.
If you live in the Lone Star State, or will be visiting during Mardi Gras season and can’t make it to the main parades in New Orleans, this Galveston Island parade will be a great second option. Just like Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the party season takes on a whole other vibe during the Galveston parades and celebrations. Featuring rocking floats and Big Easy-style bands, this is one of the wildest Mardi Gras festivals in America, and, as such, should be on your bucket list.
Cowboys Mardi Gras
11th Street Cowboy Bar -- 307 11th St., Bandera TX 78003
In the town of Bandera, this iconic cowboy bar will play host to one of the best Mardi Gras celebrations in Texas. The 11th Street Cowboy Bar, which brands itself as the “Biggest Little Bar in Texas,” will host their annual Cowboys Mardi Gras party, which will feature Mardi Gras themed events that will combine with the Texas culture that will make this event one of the most unique in the nation.