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There's not a good reason to leave the Lone Star State if you're looking for a little Mardi Gras action. In fact, there's probably no better place to be!

Texas - especially East Texas - is full of grand Mardi Gras celebrations, each one a little different and unique.

Everyone knows what a major affair Mardi Gras is each year in historic Galveston, the largest Fat Tuesday celebration and subsequent reverly in Texas! But other Texas communities celebrate the holiday as well, and with just as much gusto.

So get ready to review the various Mardi Gras celebrations across the Lone Star State and consider scheduling a long road trip to take in all or as many of the events as you can - after all, Mardi Gras only happens once a year. Get ready to Party!

Mardi Gras Galveston
The largest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas has more than 75 events including: an awesome entertainment district, colorful parades and processions, elaborate balls and parties, plus exciting exhibits and sporting events. This pre-Lenten celebration draws an estimated 500,000 revelers to beautiful Galveston Island each year. Contact the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for more information at 888-425-4753 or call 409-797-5164, visit www.mardigrasgalveston.com, or come by our Visitors Center at 2428 Seawall Boulevard. Region: Texas Gulf Coast. Please mention this listing when inquiring. Held annually. Jan. 31 - Feb. 5

Mardi Gras Southeast Texas!
This four-day event brings to Southeast Texas seven exciting parades, colorful costumes, Mardi Gras-style floats, plenty of concerts and street entertainment, arts and crafts, food concessions, a children's attraction, street dances, a carnival, a Mardi Gras beauty pageant, a treasure hunt and more. Advance discount tickets available prior to event at area businesses or available online. Time & cost details at www.portarthur.com/mardigras. Event Location: 600 block of Procter Street, Downtown Port Arthur. Jan. 31 - Feb. 3

Mardi Gras on the Neches
Beaumont comes alive with colorful celebrations this year! Discover great parades and activities for the entire family all centered around downtown Beaumont. The new Mardi Gras festivities will be held in conjunction with Crockett Street's existing Mardi Gras celebrations. Crockett Street, Beaumont. Feb. 1-Feb. 3.

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball in Freeport
Another great Mardi Gras by the warm Gulf and on the Old Brazos River. It's time to get dressed up in masquerade attire. Music by Lady "D" and the Zydeco Tornados and the Lake Jackson Jazz Ensemble. Silent auction and auction for the title of "King and Queen of Mardi Gras." All proceeds go to support the work of Main Street Freeport. Time: 6 pm to 11 pm. Cost: $25. It happens at RiverPlace Center Municipal Park, 400 Brazosport Blvd. in Freeport on Feb. 1.

Mardi Gras Upriver in Jefferson!
Get ready for a Caddo Country Mardi Gras during this three-day celebration. Enjoy the Doo Dah Parade, Grande Parade, and the Children's Parade. There will also be plenty of live music, a carnival, lots of street vendors and more. It all promises to be fun for the entire family. Downtown Jefferson. Feb 1 - Feb. 3.

Mardi Gras Lake Dallas
Watch over forty colorful and decorative floats competing for a $1,000 prize in this North Texas celebration. The parade ends at Lake Dallas City Hall with a New Orleans style party, great Cajun food, a kidzone complete with balloon sculpting, giant inflatable obstacle course and slide, pony rides, contests, and live entertainment. 6pm-midnight. Admission is free. 212 Main St., Lake Dallas. Feb. 5.

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