Mardi on the beach!

Celebrate Mardi Gras the island way when you visit Port Aransas. Enjoy the local favorite Mardi Gras Parade or eat king cake while celebrating on the beach. Make a new tradition or continue an old one and visit Port A for the Mardi Gras holiday! 

Mardi Gras Parade

Celebrate Mardi Gras in Port A at the annual parade on February 13! Dress to impress in all the gold, green, and purple that you have. Collect your beads and enjoy the fun. Line up on Beach Street at The Gaff at 4 p.m. The parade starts at 5 p.m. All donations from this event go to the Animal Shelter of Port Aransas. 



Start on Beach Street, turn south on Station Street, turn west on Avenue C, turn north on Alister, turn west on Cotter, turn south on Station Street, and head back to The Gaff.

Places to watch the Parade:

Head to Tortugas to watch the Mardi Gras Parade from our porch or our parking lot or stop by for parade provisions. They will be selling parade-friendly Hurricanes and Boudin Balls on the porch. No reservations are needed (unless you want to secure a table on the patio). Join the…

King Cake by the Ocean

Head to Irie's Island Bakery and get a delicious king cake to celebrate the festivities. When French settlers came to Louisiana in the 18th century, they brought their traditions, such as the king cake, which was, at the time, served during Epiphany. It was not until the 19th century, when Mardi Gras overtook Epiphany as the enthusiastic celebration, that the cake became associated with the holiday. Even here in Port A you can find this tasty treat and enjoy all the fun of Mardi Gras! 

                                                  King Cake

Crown the King & Queen

On Thursday, February 8, head over to the Gaff for the coronation of the Mardi Gras King and Queen! The crowning will be at 8 p.m. and the party will continue with live music and fun for all. Don't miss this awesome Mardi Gras pre-party! 

                                            Gaff Mardi Gras Pre Party

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