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How to Celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston in 2021

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Laissez les bons temps rouler! Mardi Gras in Houston is looking a little different this year.  Celebrations have either been canceled or greatly downsized, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate in other ways! 

Houston is fortunate to have some amazing spots to grab King Cake and Crawfish as well as a great Mardi Gras Festival and Parade that travels from Midtown to Downtown!

Here are our favorite ways. to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston in 2021. 

Grab a King Cake

This sweet indulgence is. one of our favorite Mardi Gras traditions!  King Cake comes in a variety of flavors but is always decorated in the traditional purple,  gold, and green.  Baked inside the King Cake you can. find a plastic baby. Whoever finds this baby must host the next year’s party!

Houston has several great bakeries where you can find one of these treats!

Crawfish of Course!

It’s crawfish season, y’all! While crawfish isn’t necessarily a Mardi Gras specific food, it’s still something we love to eat while celebrating!  These spicy little crustaceans are available at many places in the Houston area and can be purchased. by. the pound already boiled or live so you can boil them at home! 

Here are some local spots where you. can find both cooked and live crawfish!

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Houston Creole Mardi Gras Festival & Parade

Check out the Houston Creole Heritage Festival & Mardi Gras Parade at Midtown Park!  This event is happening on February 20, 2021. Tickets can be purchased online for $10 for adults and $5 for children.  

Try some amazing bites from Chef Gason, The NOLA Chef as well as other local restaurants!  The parade is still. TBA, so keep checking back for updates!

FEB 20 | 10AM–11PM

📍2811 Travis St, Houston, TX 77006

Grab a Bowl of Gumbo

Another one of our favorite ways to celebrate Mardi Gras is with a big bowl of gumbo!  Seriously, gumbo is life. After a long day of celebrating at the Houston Creole Heritage Festival a bowl of gumbo is sure to hit the spot, whether you make it at home or have some from one of our amazing eateries here in town. 

We all. know every gumbo is a little different and it’s always interesting to see how others make and eat theirs!  I might like mine with potato salad… just try it, I promise, it’s good!

Here are some great spots to grab a bowl!

We hope you loved our list of ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in Houston. Check out our City Guide for a ton of great content covering  Houston and it’s surrounding areas. Find the best restaurants, shopping, happy hours and so much more.

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Whitney Ellis

Whitney Ellis

Whitney is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in San Antonio City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the San Antonio area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinSanAntonio on Instagramand Facebook.

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