The saints might not be marching in this year, but that's not stopping Galveston. The island's usual Mardi Gras! Galveston celebrations were canceled late last year because of the ongoing pandemic, but homeowners across the island have taken it upon themselves to not let that rain on their parade, so to speak.
Instead of the usual parade, neighborhoods across the island have flipped the annual festivity on its head and decorated their homes, porches, and yards, calling the setups "house floats." Visitors can walk, ride, and drive through the "Yardi Gras" admiring the lights, masks, beads, and Carnival decorations from the safety of the streets. The homes will be on display through Fat Tuesday on February 16, according to Krewe of Saints, which organized the event. A list of participating homes can be found here.
And as an extra special treat, homeowners will be passing out beads and more to the passing revelers from 5–7 p.m. on Saturday, February 16.
Before you trek down to Galveston, check out some of our favorite homes on Avenue O 1/2 and Ball, 24th, and Rosenberg streets.