Weekend traffic: How to get around Mardi Gras

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- It's another weekend of closures along the West Loop and near downtown Houston, but that's not all. Along with a fun weekend of Mardi Gras activities on Galveston Island comes additional traffic.

Here are the closures you'll want to avoid:

  • I-610 West Loop
  • Northbound at US 59

Begins Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

Detour: Northbound traffic to exit Westpark Drive

  • Southbound
  • Woodway to Post Oak
  • 2 outside lanes

Sunday beginning at 4 a.m. until 2 p.m.

  • I-45 Gulf Freeway to US-59
  • Downtown Houston

Begins Friday at 9 p.m. until Sunday at noon

Detour: Continue on I-45 northbound use exit for I-10 eastbound then exit for I-69 southbound.

  • US-290 - Eastbound
  • Mueschke to Skinner
  • 3 outside lanes

Begins Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.

  • East Beltway-8 - Northbound
  • Total closure
  • Fairmont Parkway to SH-225

Detour: Exit to Fairmont Parkway frontage road

  • METRORail Red Line maintenance
  • Fannin South to Downtown Transit Center

Saturday & Sunday
Free bus shuttles every 10 minutes, expect delays

Mardi Gras Galveston:

Street Closures:

Most Mardi Gras festivities take place in Galveston's Historic Downtown District, in the area bordered by 20th to 25th streets and Harborside Drive to Mechanic Street. Many parades and events also take place along the beachfront on Seawall Boulevard between 25th Street and 57th streets.


  • Lots: 21st and Market Street; 20th and Market Street; and 20th and Post Office Street
  • Garages: 25th and Harborside Drive and 22nd and Market Street

Metered street parking available

A taxi stand will be located on 23rd and Market Street for pickup and drop off of guests to the entertainment district.

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