Mardi Gras on the Bolivar Peninsula

A Group Of People Sitting On A Float With A Sign

The annual Mardi Gras parade in Crystal Beach is a full day of fun for the whole family. This year’s parade will take place Saturday morning February 18, 2023 at 11:30am. The parade kicks off right in front of the new Camp Margaritaville RV Resort Crystal Beach and travels north/east along Hwy 87 until it reaches Gregory Park. Patrons will be lining the street to stake out their perfect spot to set-up camp. Beautifully crafted floats, festive live music and the smell of classic Texas BBQ in the air will make this one of the best events of the year.


This New Orleans-themed jubilee has been growing in recent years and brings people together from all over Texas. Smiling faces flock to the coast to experience the excitement of Mardi Gras with a cool ocean breeze and their feet in the sand. Golf carts, trucks, trailers, you name it are decked out in their best festive decorations in hopes of nabbing the prize for best float in show, while riders toss out beads, koozies, candy and more to the most enthusiastic of attendees. Kids and adults alike really get into the spirit and many families have made this Mardi Gras event an annual trip to Crystal Beach. While the parade takes place on Saturday, the party vibes endure throughout the weekend. Almost everywhere you go, fun is sure to follow.


Mardi Gras on the Bolivar Peninsula is more than just a parade - it’s an opportunity for local restaurants to showcase live entertainment and festive menus featuring guest favorites like fresh seafood and boiled crawfish. It’s a celebration for the entire local community which means you definitely don’t want to miss out. Due to its growing popularity, be sure to book your accommodations early. Grab your beads, masks, and best Mardi Gras costumes and head to Crystal Beach, where the spirit of New Orleans meets the Texas Gulf Coast.