Mardi on!

Annual Mardi Gras parade is Tuesday
Betty Uhlik, left, and Stacey Bartlett, both of Port Aransas, cruise in a golf cart in the Mardi Gras Parade in 2018. This year the parade is set for Tuesday, March 1. Parade participants should gather beginning at 4 p.m. in front of The Gaff, 323 Beach St. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. South Jetty file photo

Betty Uhlik, left, and Stacey Bartlett, both of Port Aransas, cruise in a golf cart in the Mardi Gras Parade in 2018. This year the parade is set for Tuesday, March 1. Parade participants should gather beginning at 4 p.m. in front of The Gaff, 323 Beach St. The parade will begin at 5 p.m. South Jetty file photo

Folks in Port Aransas will let down their hair and party like it’s 2022 on Tuesday, March 1, to celebrate Fat Tuesday with the annual Mardi Gras Parade.

Everyone is invited to join in the parade or set up along the route to watch the parade and catch beads and candy.

Those who wish to be in the parade should decorate golf carts, bikes, floats, trailers, cars or any other vehicles and dress in the traditional green purple and gold. Entry to the parade is free.

Bring plenty of beads and candy to throw the likely packed lineup of spectators along the route.

Lineup for the parade will begin at 4 p.m. in front of The Gaff, 323 Beach St.

Show up early beginning at 3 p.m. and load up on pancakes cooked by Trinity-by-the-Sea parishioners. Pancakes also will be available after the parade. Donations will be accepted for the pancake dinner. The money raised will go toward the summer mission trip to the valley.

The parade will begin at 5 p.m. and will travel west down Beach Street to Alister Street, turn north and continue to Cotter Avenue. It will then turn right and travel east to Station Street where it will south and travel back to Beach Street to return to The Gaff.

The party will continue at The Gaff after the parade with a band and adult beverages.

The Mardi Gras Parade and the parties following the Fat Tuesday event are the culmination of the weeks leading up to Ash Wednesday and the Lent season leading up to Easter.

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