Mardi Gras celebration parades through Galveston

People of all ages lined the streets to see the floats and marching bands of the 27th annual Galveston Mardi Gras parade.

March 6, 2011 2:13:01 PM PST
It was a windy and cold night Saturday down in Galveston, but that didn't stop thousands of people from taking part in the island's 100th Mardi Gras celebration. The purple, green and gold colors filled Galveston as people of all ages lined the Strand and the seawall, all to see the floats and marching bands. The theme for last night was Arabian Knights, and our own Bob Slovak caught up with the king of the Knights of Momus, Tillman Fertitta, last night.

"It's especially fun to be part of Mardi Gras and Momus and this great organization to be king this year, and I appreciate it," Fertitta said. "As bad as the weather forecast, they've all come out. We'll still have a couple thousand people for this today, and I get to be here with my beautiful queen."

This was the 27th parade in Galveston's Mardi Gras history.

This Tuesday is Fat Tuesday, a day where revelers eat heartily before the fasting of the Lenten season.