Mardi Gras Parade 2020

Mardi Gras Parade 2020: The 11th annual Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade and Festival will kick off Saturday. The Barefoot Mardi Gras King & Queen Ball will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Waves Resort, 14353 Commodore Dr. The ball will ring in “Fat Tuesday” with Cajun food, live music and more.

Festival-goers will even have a chance to catch some colorful beads and koozies at this family-friendly event.

Elaine Motl, event producer for the Padre Island Business Association, said the festival will include live music, food trucks that serve Cajun-style dishes, art exhibitiors and plenty of free activities for the kids.

“We are really excited to bring back our New Orleans-style Mardi Gras to South Texas,” Motl said.

Celebrations for the event began in January and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (Fat Tuesday) with a King and Queens Ball at Waves Resort.

“The King and Queens Ball is a New Orleans tradition. We choose two people in our community who have made an impact on Padre Island,” Motl said. “The two winners will then become ambassadors for Barefoot Mardi Gras throughout the year. It’s a coveted title to be the King and Queen.”

Motl said the Barefoot Mardi Gras celebration also helps raise funds for charity groups like Big Brothers Big Sisters, a nonprofit dedicated to helping all children reach their potential through one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors, and the Seashore Charter Schools on Padre Island.

“We are here to help make our community a better place and we are really excited for everyone to come out and join us during this Mardi Gras,” Motl said.

Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade
The parade will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Whitecap Road and end at Briscoe King Pavilion. Beads and Koozies will be thrown from more than 100 entries including floats and walking groups.

If you’re looking to find a good parking spot, parking will be available along the beach route, between Whitecap Road and Park Road 5.

Barefoot Mardi Gras King and Queen Ball
The Barefoot Mardi Gras King & Queen Ball will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Waves Resort, 14353 Commodore Dr. The ball will ring in “Fat Tuesday” with Cajun food, live music and more.

Ball-goers are encouraged to dress up in costumes and wear colorful masks for the event. Pre-sale tickets are $30 and are available until 5 p.m. Friday. Visitors who wish to attend after the deadline will have to pay $40 at the door. Attendees must be 21 years or older.