Saturday, February 8, 2020

A new way to celebrate Mardi Gras

Padre Island in Corpus Christi, Texas will host the 11th Annual Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade and Festival on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Barefoot Mardi Gras captures the great spirit of Island life and gives everyone in the family something wonderful to experience during this most lively time of the year.
Toes in the sand for Mardi Gras in Corpus Christi, Texas
The Barefoot Mardi Gras festivities will kick off with the Parade at 11:00 a.m. at Whitecap Beach and continue through Padre Balli Park.  Over sixty floats will stroll on along the beach, all decorated in traditional Mardi Gras themes and complete with the tossing of necklaces, galleons, and candy to the spectators. The Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival continues through 5:00 p.m. with an admission fee of $5. It will feature food trucks, live jazz and Cajun music, exhibitors, an art show and free children’s activities. The festival will be located at the Briscoe King Pavilion in Padre Balli Park.

Brisco King Pavilion in
Padre Balli Park, Corpus Christi
The 2020 King and Queen Ball will take place on Fat Tuesday, February 25 with a New Orleans style event featuring Cajun food, live music, and different fun activities. This event takes place at Waves Resort from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.  At 9:00 p.m. the new Barefoot King and Queen will be crowned during a traditional New Orleans Processional in the festival.  Tickets for the Ball are $30 per person in advance or $40 at the door. The event is for people 21 years and older. Costumes are encouraged.

"We invite everyone to join us in a traditional Mardi Gras celebration that is family-friendly and uniquely held at the beach, said Elaine Motl, Event Producer for the Padre Island Business Association. “Leave your shoes at home and come let the good times roll!"

Whitecap Beach, Corpus Christi, Texas
Proceeds from the 2020 festival benefit the Island Foundation Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters. For more information on the events please visit

Information courtesy of Teresa Rodriguez, Corpus Christi Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Photos from free sites

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