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March 6 – Galveston Firefighters Children’s Parade |Galveston

In Sunday, March 6 at 2pm, dozens of floats filled with kids throwing beads, the world renown Mummers, fire trucks, and marching bands will parade along the Seawall overlooking the gulf. A long time tradition, this parade is dedicated to families and children having fun with Mardi Gras. Focusing on Public Safety, for this year’s theme, civil servants from all branches will be participating. Listen into Talk of the Bay visits with Captain Charlie Olson, event organizer, to find out the details of the fun filled event. 

Mike and Monica Newell

February 26, 2011 - Mardi Gras | Galveston

We got an early start out in Galveston for the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade. More than 80 units including marching bands, fire trucks, Roller Derby Queens and of course floats. Traveling more than 4 miles along the Seawall, from 14th Street to 61st Street this parade entertained and thrilled thousands of people trying to catch that precious treasure, Mardi Gras Beads. Check it out with the Talk of the Bay...

World Record Umbrella Dance

Feb. 25, 2011 - World Record Umbrella Dance | Galveston

A new addition to  Mardi Gras Galveston was the Umbrella Brigade. A walking processional, where more than 500 costumed participants lined The Strand holding Mardi Gras themed umbrellas. Marching through Galveston’s historic district these merrymakers donned umbrellas outlined with boa feathers, blinking lights, beads and bells. Check out the hi-lites...

Umbrella Brigade

February 25, 2011 Mardi Gras | Galveston

In 1985, George Mitchell was pivotal in reviving a city-wide celebration of Mardi Gras in Galveston. This celebration coincided with the grand opening of The Tremont House. Now, in 2011, the Hotel Galvez & Spa and The Tremont House continued the Mardi Gras tradition by hosting a new parade entitled “A Salute to George Mitchell,”. And to get things started, February 25th was proclaimed to be “George Mitchell Day.” There's more with the Talk of the Bay...

Z Krewe Galveston

Year Round – Z Krewe – Bay Area

Join Z Krewe for Mardi Gras 2011!  Here's your chance to put on your platform shoes and leisure suits and boogie the night away as we celebrate the Disco Craze! The public is invited to join the crazy Zanies for their annual balcony parties called Zestival. Festival is held at the former Trumpets Restaurant, overlooking the Strand. One of the premier balcony spots for Mardi Gras fun. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Krewe Babalu Galveston

Year Round – Krewe Babalu – Bay Area

Friday, January 7, Krewe Babalu officially opened their 2011 Mardi Gras season with the crowning of their Royal Court during their Epiphany party. Throughout the year members earn points based on their contribution and participation in Krewe activities. During the Epiphany party the top 5 females and males each have the opportunity to become King Baba or Queen Lu. Contenders are served a piece of traditional King’s Cake; one piece has the prized baby. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Galveston

February 25 & 26 – Mystic Krewe of Aquarius | Galveston

In Celebration of 100 Years of Mardi Gras on Galveston Island the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius will present “A Texas Size Mardi Gras”.  Starting off with their Texas size party, Johnny Lidstone, Captain of the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius and his krewe members will be entertaining more than 900 of their closest friends on Friday, February 25. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Johnny Lidstone and Skippy Sharpie talk about the upcoming Mardi Gras fun.

Battle of the Badges 2010 Galveston TX

December 4 | Battle of the Badges | Galveston

Event goers poured into the Moody Gardens Convention Center and ‘sold out’ signs were posted to the doors as seating became hard to find. The crowd of more than 4100 roared as referees, ring girls and the boxers were introduced. The Red Team represented the Galveston Fire & Rescue, EMS, and Beach Patrol, and the Blue Team represented Galveston Police, and County Sheriff’s Office; the excitement was mounting; the 2010 Battle of the Badges was on! listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

Battle of the Badges 2010

December 4 - Battle of the Badges 2010 - Galveston

The Galveston Battle Of The Badges is a non-profit charitable event hosted by the Galveston Police Department and Galveston Fire Department. Members of the Galveston Police, Sheriff’s Deputies, Galveston Port Police, EMS, Beach Patrol, will “duke it out” along with the Galveston Firefighters. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with Engineer Jim Williams of the Galveston Fire Department and Officer Lewis Jackson of the Galveston Police Department

Lone Star Rally 2010 Galveston

November 4 thru 7 – Lone Star Rally – Galveston

The island of Galveston, primarily along the Strand and the Seawall was filled with motorcyclists enjoying a great weekend of fun. Thousands of motorcycles lined the streets, like a sea of shiny chrome and black leather. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Rolf Schaumburger of Wiredin.cc, Steven Stanley, of Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc., and Mark Gray, one of the promoters of the Lone Star Rally.

Bike Around the Bay 2010

October 15 & 16 – Bike Around The Bay | Bay Area

The wind was still as the sun was rising over the bay as we were heading to Fort Anahuac Park for the annual Bike Around The Bay bike ride. Teams dressed in identical jerseys milled around the parking lot as they attended to last minute bike adjustments. More than 800 individuals were ready and excited to get on the road. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Emily Demmeck and Bob Stokes of GBF as they tell us the high-lights of this great ride.

Bike Around the Bay

October 16 & 17 – Bike Around The Bay – Bay Area

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) is pleased to announce that Shell is the new title sponsor of Bike Around the Bay 2010. Bike Around the Bay will be held October 16th and 17th and is a fully supported two-day, 150-mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay showcasing the natural beauty of Galveston Bay and benefiting GBF. The ride starts in Anahuac, Texas. Bikers will ride the Bolivar Ferry to Galveston Island where they will enjoy an informal Beach Party at Moody Gardens' Palm Beach. Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Emily Demmick, of the Galveston Bay Foundation.

Cowboy at Galveston Rodeo

April 12 thru 17 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo – Santa Fe

From vendors selling wonderful scented candles to a wonderful competition in rodeo art. From  rodeo queens being crowned to rodeo clowns dodging bulls. From hundreds of BBQ teams competing for prized trophies to a kids’ petting zoo. From bull riding and rodeo entertainment to livestock auctions the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo was once again successful in disbursing more than $43,000 in scholarship funds. Listen in as some rodeo professionals tell Talk of the Bay a little bit about their own stories.

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April 9 thru 17 – Galveston County Fair and Rodeo – Santa Fe

The first weekend of the 72nd Galveston County Fair and Rodeo started off with hundreds of people pouring into the fairgrounds along highway 6, in Santa Fe. The weekend was filled with groups of friends teamed together for the annual Seafood Cook-off.  Friday’s contests were for the best Boiled and Grill Shrimp and Saturday the menu was fish, seafood rice and gumbo. Listen in as some of the fair goers tell Talk of the Bay about this weekend’s fair.

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April 9 thru April 17 – Galveston County Fair & Rodeo – Hitchcock

This wonderful Texas tradition started in 1938. In 1980 the fair outgrew its original grounds and moved to Jack Brooks Park in Hitchcock. Today, they fair continues to grow in attendance and activities. Starting off the first weekend is the Seafood Cook-off. Teams from all around the area gather up their best recipes and spices to compete for the grand prize. Friday, April 9 is the preliminary competition. Listen in as Sofia Splon, director of the Galveston County Fair & Rodeo tells Talk of the Bay what’s in store for this year’s fair goers. 

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February 14 – The Pet Parade and Childrens’ Parade – Galveston

The sun was shining, the water sparkled just off the Seawall and kids and pets were everywhere. The pet parade hosted by the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade hosted by the Local 571 Firefighters is an absolute favorites of ours and they always draw large crowds of spectators. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay...

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February 13 – Saturday at Mardi Gras – Galveston

Saturday afternoon, hundreds of folks lined up along the Galveston Railroad Museum, on 25th Street. All of the parade participants were in costume and all were getting excited about the Z Krewe Processional.  Members from several different Krewes joined in on the fun of strolling through Galveston’s historical downtown district while thousands of spectators waved and yelled to get beads thrown in their direction. There's more with the Talk of the Bay...

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February 12 – Friday Nite Fun with Krewe Babalu – Galveston

Led by a purple haired lady, guys in funny hats and beads flying everywhere and in spite of the cold weather the All Krewe Parade, hosted by the fun loving Krewe Babalu, was on its way. Thousands of people lined Mechanics Row and The Strand waiting to get their hands on the treasures tossed by float riders. Listen in as Gladden Walters, President of Krewe Babalu and Jim Harrison, organizer of the Fat Tuesday Public Celebration tell Talk of the Bay about the fun happening in Galveston.

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February 6 - Mardi Gras Opening Day of Parades – Galveston

The sun was shining and there was a light breeze; it was a perfect day to be outdoors catching beads.  The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius, celebrating their 25th anniversary, kicked off the first parade of the 2010 Mardi Gras season. With approximately 20 floats the Krewe of Aquarius led the 75 unit parade down the Seawall. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we talked with a few folks enjoying this first Saturday of Mardi Gras 2010.
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February 6 – Hangin’ With Z Krewe – Galveston

It was the first day of Mardi Gras Parades and the fun-loving Zanies, proudly wearing their beautiful green jackets, were in full swing.  Leasing a 3 story home right on the Seawall, the Zanies moved in and setup for a weekend of partying. Foods of all varieties, drinks of every kind and of course beads galore were everywhere.Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we visit with some of the Zanies from Z-Krewe.

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January 16 – Z Krewe Coronation Ball - Galveston

The Royal Coronation Pageant for Z Krewe was held in the comfort of the Strand Theatre. Emcee, Alex Petty presented Big Daddy XVI Paul Rodgers and Big Momma XVI Julia Vandiver. Big Daddy and Big Momma are held in special honor, they are responsible for making sure that fun and frivolity reigns throughout the court and Krewe. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as some of our Z Krewe friends kick off this fun season.

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Mardi Gras Season – Z-Krewe – Bay Area

Documenting their ideas on a paper napkin, in a neighborhood watering hole, 8 friends founded Z-Krewe.   Today, they are over 100 members strong; from Galveston to Houston.  There are even a few virtual ambassadors who reside across the country. Listen in as Alex Petty tells Talk of the Bay about the Krewe and some of their activities. 

Krewe Babalu Bigger And Better This Year – Galveston
 
Krewe Babalu has completely recovered from Hurricane Ike and ready to enjoy their best year yet celebrating the Mardi Gras Season. “Ike flooded our warehouse where the floats were kept and displaced several of our members but they are back and ready to party” said Gladden Walters, President of the Krewe. Listen in as Linn Fallon, the Vice President of Krewe Babalu, tells Talk of the Bay about her Krewe and all of the fun they have.
Krewe of Gambrinus – Galveston
 
The Krewe of Gambrinus was founded 21 years ago under the name of Krewe of Brew, in honor of the Del Papa family business. Now known as the Krewe of Gambrinus, these fun loving folks are ready to bring in the 2010 Mardi Gras season. Listen in as Linda Kuper, a founding member tells Talk of the Bay about the Krewe of Gambrinus and their year round activities.
dickens December 4 thru 6 – Dickens on the Strand – Galveston

Last year, only three months after Ike, the Dickens on the Strand was held. A scaled down version compared to previous years but still it was there. This year, on December 4 thru 6, Dickens on the Strand will be back to its pre-Ike size, stretching to Mechanic and Market Streets. Some of the traditional Victorian activities will return and a couple of fun new activities, including a Victorian Bed Race. Listen in as Molly Dannenmaier tells Talk of the Bay about this wonder Victorian weekend.
IMG_5212 October 17 & 18 – Artoberfest – Galveston

More than 100 very creative and talented artists gathered in the historical downtown district of Galveston. Fully recovered from Ike, this festival stretched for blocks, down Postoffice Street. Photography, watercolors, oils, jewelry, metal art and horse heads created from confiscated weapons were all on display. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with artist Terry Jones, and Kathy Modzelewski, the festival organizer.
October 10 & 11 –Bike Around The Bay – The Bay Area

With a passion for cycling, Bob Stoke the Executive Director and his enthusiastic staff at the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) took on the task of hosting a 2 day bicycle ride around Galveston Bay. Listen in as Gayden Cooper of Lyondellbasell and Marie LaPlante tell Talk of the Bay about the first day’s ride. And Bob gives us a rundown of the second day’s course and our very own Kelly McGuire provides the entertainment for everyone.
October 17 & 18 – Artoberfest – Galveston

The artists and the art, that’s what its all about. Artist from far and near will be bringing their art to the Artoberfest celebration in Galveston. A victim of Ike, last year this festival is alive and well and so are the shops and galleries in the historic district of downtown Galveston. Come out and browse through the art work, visit the shops along Postoffice Street and enjoy the weekend in Galveston. Listen in as Kathy Modzelewski, event coordinator, tells Talk of the Bay about Artoberfest 2009.

October 2 – B52s At The Grand 1894 Opera House - Galveston

Thank you WiredIn.cc for taking Donna and me to the B 52s concert. Everyone there was partying and dancing and having a fantastic time. B 52s came out and started right off with their signature style and excellent vocals. Except for a technical glitch during the second and third song (they repeated the third song) the concert went on flawlessly. Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson harmonized as well as ever and Fred Schneider was having a blast with the music. Kate and Cindy even showed how strong their voices were when the technical glitch hit and their microphones malfunctioned. You could still hear them sing. the rest...
October 10 & 11 – Bike Around the Bay - Galveston

The "LyondellBasell Bike Around the Bay" is a fun two day, 148 mile bicycle ride around Galveston Bay showcasing the natural beauty of Galveston Bay and benefiting the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF). Day 1, riders start in Anahuac, pedaling along a scenic route that includes many Galveston Bay fascinating sights and highlights.  Listen in as Bob Stokes, President of the Galveston Bay Foundation, tells Talk of the Bay about the ride.
September 8 – Revival & Reflections – Galveston

The community of Galveston pulled together with citizens, friends and neighbors to reflect on both the storm of 1900 and Ike of 2008.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we share this day with Justin Owens, making his offering and Roshelle Gaskins of the Galveston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
August 22 – Artwalk - Galveston

For over 18 years the Galveston Arts Center has produced ArtWalk on Saturday nights in the heart of the historic district. Now spreading to other parts of the island, ArtWalk occurs approximately every six weeks.

Listen in as Alexandra Irvine, Executive Director of the Galveston Arts Center, tells Talk of the Bay about the Galveston Artwalk.
July 4 – Independence Day Celebrations Around the Bay

The 4th of July was celebrated throughout the bay area with home town parades, park activities and fireworks being shot into the skies. Families walked, rode bicycles, homemade floats along the main streets of their communities. City officials put politics aside and rode one after the other in honor of our country’s day of independence. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we enjoy the day with parade participants including Frank Billingsley, Parade Marshal for the Galveston festivities.
July 11 – Haak Vineyard & Winery Harvest Festival – Santa Fe

This event kicks off at 9am with, the Commissioner of Agriculture, Todd Staples, and our owner Raymond Haak greeting our guest and staff. Father John Kappe will conduct the blessing and the harvesting of the grapes will be under the direction of our assistant winemaker Nadia Hetzel. Several other Texas wineries will be on site showcasing their own wines; tastings and sales will happen throughout the day. listen in with the Talk of the Bay...
July 4 - Fourth of July Parade - Galveston

Come Fourth and Participate. Celebration in historic downtown Galveston on Saturday, July 4, 2009! Decorate your bicycle, tricycle, golf cart, skates, horses, wagons, carriages, floats, or any other favorite mode of transportation and join us in the parade! Strike up the band and march in the parade! We welcome all organizations, businesses, civic, church and musical groups, individuals and families. Participation in the parade is free and fun for everyone. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as parade organizer Kathy Modzelewski tells us about this fun filled patriotic event.
June 6 – AIA Sandcastle Competition – Galveston

A nice breeze was coming off of the water, warm sun and thousands of people enjoying Galveston beach. It was a perfect day for the AIA Sandcastle Competition. More than 70 teams pulled together, came up with a theme and put their architectural skills to work. There seemed to be a theme amongst many of the teams but each structure was very different. There were judges strolling past the displays judging t-shirts, team spirit, and of of course the sandcastles. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we did our own stroll past the competitors on East Beach.
May 30 – Re-Birth-Day Celebration – Galveston

Still feeling the effects of Ike, Galveston is determined to moved forward, rebuild and make a significant come back. Saturday, we strolled the streets of historic downtown Galveston; along the way we ran into so many of our island friends. Most were wearing flip flops, and t-shirts but all were wearing big smiling faces. It was a wonderful feeling to know that recovery is alive and doing well on the island. Listen in, to Talk of the Bay, as we get reactions from some of the other folks out on the streets.
May 22 – Wine & Stars – Santa Fe

So what do scientists, Saturn, and Cabernet have in common? Well if you were at Haak Winery on Friday night you would have gotten acquainted with all 3. Members from the Star Gazers from Galveston and the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society brought out their telescopes and set them up near the vineyard. Guests, while sipping on some great Haak wines, strolled from one telescope to another to see those twinkling lights up in the sky. Listen to Talk of the Bay, as we enjoy the evening with our star gazing friends.
May 22 – Wine & Stars Party – Santa Fe

Imagine gazing through a telescope, up at the moon and stars while enjoying a glass of wine. Now that sounds like a very enjoyable way to spend a Friday night. specifically, Friday, May 22. Haak Vineyard & Winery and the Johnson Space Center Astronomical Society (JSCAS) will be hosting a Wine and Stars Party. This event is free to the public so what’s not to love? Listen in as Bob Taylor, of JSCAS, tells Talk of the Bay about their organization and how much fun these Star Parties are.
IMG_6808 April 25 – Vineyard Feast at Haak Winery – Santa Fe

Raymond and Gladys Haak greeted guests as they arrived; all were anticipating a grand feast. The vineyards were lined with sparkling lights which enhanced the beautiful greenery of the vines. And Jando, a very talented band, provided the lively flamenco music throughout the evening. David Reiss, the Executive Chef, started guests off with some wonderful Texas gulf shrimp appetizers. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we shared the evening with the other guests.
IMG_5982 April 17 thru 25 – Galveston County Fair and Rodeo – Santa Fe

Howdy and Yeeeehawww!! The rain came down in buckets but the rodeo spirit was still riding high. From the Seafood Cook Off to the Goat Scramble, from the BBQ Cook Off to the Bull Riding and from the Carnival Rides to the Chupacabra Monster, people were having a blast. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we made our way through the cook offs, livestock auction, animal shows and scrambles. And by the way, the Grand Champion Steer went for $22,000 plus add ons. Cool!

May 9 & 10 – Historical Homes Tour - Galveston

The Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) has been at the heart of an extraordinary preservation movement on the island for more than 50 years. Ten houses, dating from 1860 to 1904, have been chosen for this year’s tour. Each of the ten houses has suffered a calamity to some degree or another. Some are survivors of the Great Storm of 1900, others of the flood waters of Hurricane Ike. Listen in as Molly Dannenmaier, tells us more on Talk of the Bay...

April 28 – Into the Blue - Galveston

One hundred fifty to two hundred marine mammals are saved each year by the Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network. When Heidi Whitehead and her volunteers get an emergency call, they drop everything they are doing, jump into their vehicles and head down to the beach, bayou or even deer leases to rescue stranded marine mammals.  Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Heidi Whitehead, the State Operations Coordinator for TMMSN, tells us about the organization and how some of our marine mammal friends are doing.

March 28 – Into The Blue – Galveston

The Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN) will be hosting a fundraiser at Moody Gardens on Saturday, March 28, called Into the Blue. This is an opportunity, for all of us to learn more about, and hopefully help, these wonderful mammals that share our bay waters with us. 

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Heidi Whitehead, the State Operations Coordinator for TMMSN, tells us about the organization and their responsibilities.

February 24 – Fat Tuesday Celebration – Galveston

We started off at Santa Fe and 25th streets, the staging area for the Fat Tuesday parade. So many of the krewe participate in this parade, the last hoopla for the season. The parade started at 6:30, traveling down 25th to Postoffice. Oh my gosh! Postoffice street was absolutely packed. I was shocked. As we made our way down the route and turned onto the Strand it was like looking at a sea of people. Hands, fingers, faces and smiles all mixed together. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we stroll through the staging area for the Fat Tuesday parade.
February 24 - Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade and Party - Galveston

Two weeks of Carnival culminates in one last night of revelry, Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras literally translated means ‘Tuesday Fat’. February 24, will be the final night of celebration for Mardi Gras 2009, before the Lenten season.

Listen in as Jim Harrison, organizer of the Fat Tuesday After Party tells Talk of the Bay about this Mardi Gras tradition, the last day of Mardi Gras revelry.
IMG_8273 February 22 – Pet and Children’s Mardi Gras Parades - Galveston

The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux present the Mardi Gras Pet Parade. Not to be out done by their human counterparts, this mixture of dogs, cats, ferrets, miniature horses and even a turtle all prance, ride, and are carried down the seawall. And all of them are very busy showing off their Mardi Gras beads, costumes and spirit. Listen in to Talk of the Bay and we cover these two back to back parades; both delightful events and definitely a crowd pleasers.
IMG_7881 February 21 – Z Krewe Processional and Balcony Party – Galveston

Saturday afternoon, we lined up by the Galveston Railroad Museum for the Z Krewe Processional. This year, Z Krewe invited all of the other Krewes to participate, as a united front after Hurricane Ike. Listen in as Talk of the Bay takes you to the Z Krewe processional and out on the Z Krewe balcony for some bead throwing and of course to watch the Knights of Momus parade.
February 20 – Babalu All Krewe Parade and Balcony Party – Galveston

The folks in this krewe are some of the most fun loving people and boy do they know how to throw a party, on a float, in a warehouse or out on a balcony, they have it down. And Krewe Babalu probably participates in the most parades. They join the Krewe of Aquarius and the Krewe of Gambrinus for the opening weekend parades. During the second weekend they participate in the Z Krewe processional and of course the Knights of Momus parade on Saturday night. Listen in, to Talk of the Bay, on some of the fun to be had during for the All Krewe parade.
IMG_2671 Feb. 20 – The Philadelphia Mummers at the Hotel Galvez – Galveston

One of our favorite attractions, during Mardi Gras, are the Philadelphia Mummers. Wearing elaborate, colorful, themed outfits this marching band has entertained the world over. As part of their tribute to Galveston, the Mummers performed in front of the Hotel Galvez. Needless to say, visitors to the hotel along with Mardi Gras enthusiasts were thrilled to listen to the band and watch them perform. Listen in to Talk of the Bay and we get in on the fun.
IMG_2366 Mardi Gras 2009 – Gambrinus Parade – Galveston

One of the largest Mardi Gras parades, in Galveston, is hosted by the Krewe of Gambrinus. This parade travels down the Seawall, to the delight of thousands of people. Huge mascots lean forward in front of the floats, each float representing the krewe’s theme for the season. Listen in to Talk of the Bay and enjoy the Revelers and the judges as everyone enjoyed the Gambrinus Krewe as King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night.
IMG_7486 Mardi Gras 2009 – Aquarius Parade – Galveston

There can only be one ‘first’ parade and the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius continues the tradition of hosting the opening parade on the opening day of Mardi Gras. Johnny Lidstone and his krewe get things rolling early Saturday morning with about 80 units participating in the parade. One of the longer parades; this parade travels about 45 blocks down the seawall. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with some of the parade watchers.
Mardi Gras 2009 – Friday Night Den Parties – Galveston

It’s was the night before the official opening day parade. The Krewes have crowned their Kings and Queens, the royal courts have been announced, beautiful ball gowns and costumes have been worn to the coronation balls and the official poster of Mardi Gras 2009 has been unveiled to the public….so what’s next? P-A-R-T-Y!! Yup, the official time to party has BEGUN! We took a peek, at 3 den parties, just to get a flavor of what our Krewes were up to. Listen in, as Talk of the Bay, captures the revelry, fun, and party sounds of the Friday Night Den Parties.

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February 4 - Mardi Gras Poster for 2009 – Galveston

The unveiling of the official 2009 Mardi Gras poster, was held at the San Louis hotel in Galveston. The 3rd floor ballroom was filled with Purple, Green, Gold and lots of laughter.

This year, Mardi Gras organizers decided that the krewe members should select the official poster. Votes were tallied and the winner for 2009 was a poster depicting a lady rising out of the waters with beads dangling her raised hand; symbolizing Galveston’s rise out of the waters brought on by Hurricane Ike. Listen in on the fun with Talk of the Bay, as we visit with several krewe members.
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras Ball 2009 – Galveston

The King and Queen of 2008, Alexander Saper and Charlene Manning sent a message to their royal court and krewe members. “This year has been a trying year for the Krewe and Krewe members, in dealing with the aftermath from Hurricane Ike. We would like to thank everyone for their perseverance through this difficult year. Hurricane Ike may have destroyed brick and mortar, but did not destroy our momentum and spirit” No truer words were spoken and the sentiment was echoed by Emcee Johnny Lidstone as the krewe kicked off their coronation ball. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as the 2009 King and Queen start their reign.
January 24 – Z Krewe’s La Dolce Vita Italia - Galveston

Saluting Italy, during their fifteenth annual Royal Coronation Ball, the Zanies of Z Krewe started their Mardi Gras revelry for 2009. Reigning King Zanie XIV, Allen Taylor and Queen Zanie XIV, Sandy Taylor ended their year graciously and in true Z Krewe fashion, turning the royal sword over to King Zanie XV Bill Pye and his Queen Zanie XV, May Carol Lieblog. Loyal subjects saluted the new royal couple and then cranked up the party. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we all had a fun time.
January 9 - Krewe Babalu Epiphany Party - Galveston

Congratulations to King Baba XI, Andrew Courteau and Queen Lu, Mary Horner. Each year, krewes will select their king and queen and in the true Mardi Gras tradition it involves a party. Some krewes call it a King’s Cake Party; Krewe Babalu has an Epiphany party; either way it is a lot of fun and great way to select your royalty. Listen in as the captain of Krewe Babalu, Angela Chapman, explains to us on Talk of the Bay, her krewe’s traditional party.
Mardi Gras and Krewe Babalu – Galveston

Established in 1993, this krewe is all about friendships, long term friendship. In fact their motto is Amigos para Siempre , "Friends Forever". Active year round, this wonderful group of folks contribute to charities in the Galveston area, attend a variety events and host social gatherings and then they play hard during Mardi Gras. Listen in as Angela Chapman, President of the krewe and Gladden Walters, Vice-President tell Talk of the Bay about their plans for this the 2009 Mardi Gras season.

Mardi Gras and the Krewe of Gambrinus- Galveston

The Krewe of Gambrinus will be celebrating their 20th anniversary during the upcoming Mardi Gras season. Initially started to promote and encourage tourism activities in Galveston, the Krewe of Brew is moving forward with gusto in spite of the damages caused by Hurricane Ike. These fun loving folks will be repairing their homes and preparing their floats for Mardi Gras at the same time.

Listen in as George Black, Captain of the Krewe of Gambrinus, tells Talk of the Bay, about the krewe’s year round activities.

Mardi Gras and ZKrewe, Feb. 13 – 24, 2009 - Galveston

Definitely a Zany group of people with a big heart, this krewe is very active and involved with caring organizations throughout the community. Hailing from as far away as Italy and as close as living on Galveston Island, members come from all across the United States. With Talk of the Bay this morning is Larry Kram, President of the krewe. Listen in and find out whether this may be the krewe for you. And for a little peek at last year’s fun, check this out. For more information please visit www.Zkrewe.com .
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius – Galveston

Approximately 14 years ago, a group of folks, including Johnny Lidstone and his father, got together and started a Mardi Gras Krewe. After considerable consideration, and a few brews, the Mystic Krewe of Aquarius was born. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Johnny, tells us about some of the Krewe’s year round activities and the famous Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Barn Bash. I’ve attended this party before; hundreds of folks come through and it usually turns into an all day affair. Bead throwing, good food, good drinks and great music…a true Mardi Gras tradition.
January 24 – Z Krewe’s La Dolce Vita Italia - Galveston

Saluting Italy, during their fifteenth annual Royal Coronation Ball, the Zanies of Z Krewe started their Mardi Gras revelry for 2009. Reigning King Zanie XIV, Allen Taylor and Queen Zanie XIV, Sandy Taylor ended their year graciously and in true Z Krewe fashion, turning the royal sword over to King Zanie XV Bill Pye and his Queen Zanie XV, May Carol Lieblog. Loyal subjects saluted the new royal couple and then cranked up the party. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we all had a fun time.
January 9 - Krewe Babalu Epiphany Party - Galveston

Congratulations to King Baba XI, Andrew Courteau and Queen Lu, Mary Horner. Each year, krewes will select their king and queen and in the true Mardi Gras tradition it involves a party. Some krewes call it a King’s Cake Party; Krewe Babalu has an Epiphany party; either way it is a lot of fun and great way to select your royalty. Listen in as the captain of Krewe Babalu, Angela Chapman, explains to us on Talk of the Bay, her krewe’s traditional party.
The Lone Star Rally 2008 – Rally to Rebuild - Galveston

It didn’t look good for the Lone Star Rally, as I drove to the Island, on Friday night. I saw a total of four motorcycles, cruising the highway, between League City and Galveston. Getting concerned, I thought to myself that the Rally would end up on the list of casualties caused by Ike. As I approached the Strand area, I saw a few more bikes so I parked my car and got ready to shoot whatever I could find. there's more...

Dickens on the Strand 2008 – Galveston

It was a gorgeous weekend to stroll down The Strand; meeting, greeting and chatting with visitors from the days of Dickens. Queen Victoria herself, accompanied by her Beefeaters and Father Christmas, enjoyed the children playing in the streets while vendors hawked their wares and entertainers filled each corner with music of all sorts. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we enjoy the morning at the Ashton Villa and then the Dickens on the Strand.

Lone Star Rally - December 11-14,  Galveston rescheduled more...

Discover Jean Lafitte’s buried treasure by unveiling clues located at various vendor booths across the island and win a chest full of motorcycle accessories. Jam to the famous Beach Boys, on Saturday night. Continuous live music, hundreds of vendors and displays, demo fleets from major manufacturers, a charity casino, ghost tours on the Tall Ship ELLISA and a Leather and Lace costume ball, all at this year’s Lone Star Rally. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as event director, Ron Limbock tells us about all the happenings for the Biker Rally weekend.

Mardi Gras and the Krewe of Gambrinus, Feb. 13 – 24, 2009 - Galveston

Mardi Gras 2009 is on for Galveston! With that being said, we thought it would be interesting to find out what happened to some of the floats during Ike and what will they look like for 2009. Joe Trambrella, Parade Marshall for the Krewe of Gambrinus, also known as the Krewe of Brew, gave us a sneak peek at their theme for 2009; Dressed to the Nines, a fallback to the wonderful times of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire. Listen in as Joe tells Talk of the Bay, about their float construction and what their plans are for 2009.
December 5, 6 & 7 – Dickens on the Strand - Galveston

Galveston Historical Foundation Executive Director Dwayne Jones announced that the organization’s most important annual fundraising event, the 35-year-old Dickens on The Strand Victorian holiday festival, will take place this year. Even in the face of extensive flood damage by Hurricane Ike, to the historic downtown, the festival will be held. listen in with the Talk of the Bay
Santa by the Sea 08249 Santa By the Sea & Christmas Tree Lighting – Galveston

Lights of recovery and holidays to come, on Friday, families gathered at the Hotel Galvez for the official city of Galveston’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Music filled the lawns of this beautiful hotel while the holiday crowd awaited the arrival of Galveston’s Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas. the rest with the photos...

Santa By the Sea, November 28 – Galveston

The Mayor of Galveston will light the way to Christmas this year. Gathering in the beautiful Hotel Galvez, children and their parents can come and enjoy the Christmas Tree Lighting and Santa By the Sea. This new tradition will help to bring cheer and smiles to the children on the island. It also gives Galveston another opportunity to let everyone know that the island is recovering. Listen in to Joyce Calver, of Footsies and Angela Brown, owner of Mod Coffee Shop on Post Office, as they tell Talk of the Bay about the upcoming holiday event and the positive outlook of Galvestonians.
Galveston One Month After Ike

Galveston Historical Foundation (GHF) is one of the largest local preservation organizations in the country. It is the steward of 13 historic properties including Bishop’s Palace, the 1877 tall ship Elissa and the oldest residence on the island, the Michel B. Menard House. Several GHF properties were severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. The worst include GHF headquarters, the 1861 U.S. Custom House along with the antebellum Ashton Villa house museum. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay
Galveston Bay Foundation’s Volunteer Weekend – Galveston

So many bay area families and residents were impacted by Hurricane Ike. It was impressive to see volunteers taking time out from their own tasks to help with Galveston’s recovery.

The Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) had originally planned to host a 2 day bike ride, Bike Around the Bay, this weekend but then Hurricane Ike changed their plans. Listen in with the Talk of the Bay

Oct. 18 & 19-Galveston Bay Foundation Volunteer Weekend - Galveston

We explored all options to stage this year’s Bike Around the Bay but the conditions in and around Galveston Bay and the safety risk will simply not allow it this year,” said Bob Stokes, President & CEO of the Galveston Bay Foundation. “In partnership with our sponsor, LyondellBasell – and with the support of our riders and other foundation supporters – we are committed to holding the Bike Around the Bay in 2009.” Listen in with Talk of the Bay

The next step: Starting the Cleanup - Galveston

Galveston was hit hard by Hurricane Ike and now the cleanup process starts. Power has or is being restored throughout the island, residents have returned to their homes and business owners are trying to decide where to start. 

Listen in as Morris Gould, Director of the Galveston Railroad Museum; JR, with the cleanup crew, and Dr. Steven Duncan tell Talk of the Bay, explain what is going on during the cleanup.
Grand Champion Mullet Toss – Galveston

From an underhand toss to a baseball fast pitch, mullets (artificial ones) were being tossed, heaved, lobed and bowled across the sand on East Beach. Partnered together with The New 93Q, the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, hosted the very first Mullet Toss on Galveston beach.

Listen in as RoShelle Gaskins, PR Manager for the Galveston CVB, tells Talk of the Bay, how she has honed her skills at mullet chunking.

Grand Champion Mullet Toss, July 26 Saturday – Galveston

A mullet toss. What’s that? It’s exactly what it says…tossing fish, literally. The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and the new 93Q Country are holding a unique competition along the Texas coast and the grand competition will be held July 26 at noon on East Beach. All this fun and they’ll raise funds for the Snowdrop Foundation. Listen in as RoShelle Gaskins, PR Manager of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, gives Talk of the Bay all the slimy detail.

4th of July Parade – Galveston

Starting at the Galveston Railroad Museum, the Galveston 4th of July Parade wound its way down Postoffice Street to 21st and then back to the museum via The Strand. Participants ranged from the USMC Color Guard, to characters from the Dickens Festival, a mini train from the railroad museum to families on bicycles. Politicians, Mardi Gras Krewes and volunteer seamen from the Tallship Elissa all marched through historic downtown Galveston. there's more...

4th of July Parade - Galveston

Floats, fire trucks, sirens, and decorated bicycles all marching through downtown Galveston. It’s a 4th of July parade and everyone loves a parade! American flags waving in the air, hotdogs with ketchup and pickle relish, cold drinks with lots of ice and rides on a train, what’s not to love? Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Kathy Modzelewski, the Director of this patriotic celebration, tells us about this wonderful island tradition. And remember the parade starts at 10am so get there early to get a good spot.

Nature Exploration Day - Galveston

Armed with hats, sunscreen and an eagerness to check out Galveston Bay, we headed for the Nature Exploration Day out on East Beach. Kayaking with Artist Boats, seining, beachcombing, nature photography and teachings about sea turtles were all part of the day of fun in the sun. Listen in as some of the volunteers and participants tell Talk of the Bay about our bay area. For more information about Nature Exploration Days visit www.galvestonnaturetourism.org

Nature Exploration Day   Saturday, June 14  9:00am – Galveston

 Enjoy the natural wonders of Galveston Island’s East end during Nature Exploration Day on Saturday, June 14. This event is hosted by the Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council (GINTC), in collaboration with Artist Boat.  It will offer free outdoor adventures and guided exploration for family members of all ages, beginning at 9 a.m. at the site of the future East End Lagoon Park and Nature Preserve. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Mort Voller, president of the GINTC tells us about all of the different activities scheduled for the day.   Keep your fingers crossed for good weather and don’t forget your sunscreen.

Back Garden Tour – Galveston

We arrived in Galveston on Sunday afternoon. It certainly was a warm summer day but the breeze off of the Gulf was great. We made our way from one garden to the next. Variety was the word for the day; we saw very tiny yards to very large yards, beautiful majestic trees to delicate flowering plants. There were water features in most and swimming pools in others and one even had a brick fireplace. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as several of owners talk to us about their gardens.

Back Garden Tour - June 7th and 8th - Galveston

It is again time for one of the Island’s most popular springtime events, the Clean Galveston Back Garden Tour.

There are ten private gardens and two bonus gardens on tour this year. Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as Jerry Eubanks, event coordinator, tells us about the tour and where you may purchase tickets. For more information please call Clean Galveston at 409-762-3363.

22nd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition, East Beach – Galveston

What a day to play in the sand. The 22nd Annual AIA Sandcastle Competition took place, on Saturday, a very hot sunny day. Each team, competing for the coveted ‘Golden Bucket’ award, set up their sites near the water’s edge on Stewart’s Beach. For those folks a refreshing dip in the bay was only a few feet away. Listen in as Machelle Treanor, Rick Morris, and Scott Fendrick tell Talk of the Bay about their day at the beach.

Model Train Show - Galveston

Model train exhibitors and railroad enthusiasts all gathered at the Galveston Railroad Museum, on 25th street, on Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18. Exhibitors brought in trains of all shapes, colors and sizes. Tracks and locomotives ran through and around the miniature towns and railroad stations.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we chat with some of the exhibitors and learn something about their model train collections and organizations.
Galveston Uncorked – Galveston

It was, without a doubt, the most perfect evening for the annual Galveston Uncorked Wine Stroll. Folks checked in and received a map of the 12 different stops making up this year’ stroll.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay, as we chat with Lesley Sommer, the Executive Director, of the Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership, and some of the other ‘strollers’ enjoying the evening.

Galveston Historic Home Tour - Galveston

There are nine homes on the Galveston Historic Homes Tour along with several special attractions. Each of the homes, examples of beautiful craftsmanship, tells a story of survival. Whether surviving the Great Storm or fires these homes are a wealth of history.

Listen in to Talk of the Bay and get a little taste of the homes tour. Remember that the homes tour continues on through next weekend.
Galveston Historic Homes Tour – May 2-4 & May 8–11 – Galveston

34 years and still going strong, the Galveston Historic Homes Tour, hosted by the Galveston Historical Foundation is one of the islands most popular events and this year it’s even bigger and better than before.

Listen in as Molly Dannenmeir, gives Talk of the Bay more details about these weekend activities and the wonderful historic homes that will be featured on this year’s tour. 
Galveston County Fair and Rodeo April 11 – 19 – Galveston

The first weekend of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo was a hoot and tons of fun. Everything that a county fair should be plus a rodeo. We watched young men ride both mechanical bulls and live bulls. Some stayed on while others went sailing through the air, everything you’d expect to see in a rodeo. And there was more food then you can imagine including a seafood cook off.
Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with Judge Lonnie Cox, J.J. and Brian of Krewe Babalu at the Seafood Cook Off.
Earth Day and Oleander Festival - Galveston

The ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel was filled with the great music of Sparky Koerner’s Band, the entertainment for the Southwester Hoedown and BBQ dinner for the International Oleander Society; a kickoff event for this weekend’s Oleander Festival being held at Moody Gardens. Beautiful pieces of memorabilia were on display including a dress worn, in 1975, by Kewpie Guido. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as we learn a little more about the society and their love for this beautiful flower.
Galveston County Fair and Rodeo – April 11 - 19 – Galveston

A Parade, Rodeo Queen contest, a seafood cook-off, a BBQ Cook-off, bull riding, and a dance; these are just some of the events happening at the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo. There’s also a fishing tournament, live concerts and a talent show. There is something for absolutely everyone at this fair and rodeo. Listen in as the president of the Galveston County Fair and Rodeo, Paul Tibaldo, tells Talk of the Bay about this wonderful annual event.
Earth Day & Oleander Festival - April 26-27 - Galveston

This spring, Moody Gardens will be home to both the Oleander Festival and Earth Day celebrations. On Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27th, Moody Gardens and its community partners will host arts and crafts activities, live entertainment and eco-friendly presentations to entertain and educate festival goers about going ‘green’. Listen in to Talk of the Bay as Anja Pfingsten, PR Coordinator at Moody Gardens, tells us about the activities planned for the Earth Day celebration and how kids can build their very own Toad Abode.
The Featherfest in Galveston April 3rd

I arrived in Galveston to meet the bus to head out to the kayak adventure and couldn’t help but notice a large travel trailer parked in the street next to Saengerfest Park. It was Jonathan Wood’s travel trailer. He’s in Galveston with his Raptur Show in conjunction with this year’s Featherfest. After getting off a few shots of the Birds of prey I headed out to Galveston’s east end Lagoon where I hooked up with Rani Henderson and Breck Sacra. Listen as Rani Henderson tells Talk of the Bay about our adventure and the Artist Boat.
Featherfest – Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6 – Galveston

The Galveston Island Nature Tourism Council will be sponsoring the 2008 Featherfest on April 3rd through April 6th. This event promises to be better than ever with more activities, events and more time to enjoy. Four days of activities are planned including kayak trips, vendors with items suitable for nature lovers, seminars, a banquet, raffles and of course the “Big Sit”. Listen in as Herb Price tells Talk of the Bay about the upcoming excitement planned for Featherfest 2008.
The Easter Bunny comes to the Railroad Museum – March 22 – Galveston

The train whistle was blowing and the horn was blowing, as the Easter Bunny rolled in on Track #5, at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Kids and their parents were excited and waiting for this adorable bunny to start the Easter Egg hunt at the museum.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay visits with some of these children as they enjoy their Easter morning.
Krewe Babalu Bunny Bar Hop – March 22 – Galveston

Mardi Gras 2008 has come and gone but the Krewe Babalu is still having fun. This lively group of people decided to have fun and raise money at the same time with their annual Bunny Bar Hop.

Listen in as Angela Chapman, president of the Krewe Babalu and several krewe members visit with Talk of the Bay throughout the night.
Railroad Museum – Easter Egg Hunt & Brunch Mar. 22 – Galveston

The Galveston Railroad Museum is a wonderful place to discover artifacts of the golden age of rail travel. Model trains, theatres, railroad dining ware and silver are just some of the attractions.

Listen in as Sandi Schneider tells Talk of the Bay what the Easter Bunny has in store for families visiting the railroad museum.
 
Tour of Sacred Places, Saturday, February 9 - Galveston

A wide range of religious traditions and building styles will be featured showcasing the sacred architecture that exists in Galveston.

The annual Tour of Sacred Places benefits the restoration of St. Joseph’s Church, the oldest wooden church building in Galveston and also the oldest German Catholic church in Texas. Listen in to Talk of the Bay with Beth Shriner...
Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Parade and Party, Tuesday Feb 5 – Galveston

Two weeks of Carnival culminated in one last night of revelry, Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras literally translated means ‘Tuesday Fat’. February 5, was the final night of celebration for Mardi Gras 2008 before the Lenten season.
Listen in as Talk of the Bay captures the excitement of some of the parade participants before and after this wonderful event. Then we’ve got Jim Harrison, who is the king of the final ‘official krewe party’, at Cocktails. And finally, Duchess Carolyn Kalich, warmly expressing the joy of the Mardi Gras season.
Tour of Sacred Places and Mardi Gras Exhibit, February 9 – Galveston

The Galveston Historical Foundation hosted the 13th annual Tour of Sacred Places, in Galveston this weekend. More than a dozen different and sacred sites made up the tour which raises funds to help maintain and restore St. Joseph’s Church.

Listen to Talk of the Bay, as we learn a little bit about the history of two of these precious sites, St. Joseph’s and St. Paul’s Methodist Church.
ZKrewe Processional – Galveston

Parade participants gathered at the staging area near the Strand anxiously awaiting the onset of the ZKrewe Processional. Royalty sat in their carriages while high school bands cranked up the music.

Listen in as King Zanie XIV, Allen Taylor tells Talk of the Bay about the traditional King’s Toast to his queen, in front of the ZKrewe balcony.
Celebration of the 2008 Mardi Gras Poster Unveiling - Galveston

The unveiling of the official 2008 Mardi Gras Poster took place at the beautiful Tremont Hotel, in Galveston, on Wednesday, January 15. Members from each of the krewes, city officials and guests attended as the official poster was revealed. Listen in as the 2007 King of Gambrinus, Jim Huddleson; Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas; The Parrot’s publisher, Trey Click and the artist of the 2008 Mardi Gras poster, Hana Case talk with Chiquita and Eddie on Talk of the Bay.
Krewe of Gambrinus Den Party, January 12 - Galveston

A den party is basically an opportunity for krewe members to preview their Mardi Gras parade floats. For the Krewe of Gambrinus it is another reason to party!! With food, drinks and lively music krewe members got a peak at what their ‘competition’ has planned for the parade. Listen to Talk of the Bay as George Black, Capt. Of the Krewe of Gambrinus tells us the status of the floats; Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas kicks off the den party; John Stallman tells us what it’s like to be king and Linda Elliott explains the float decorating competition.
Krewe of Gambrinus Coronation Ball 2008– Galveston

So what do Mickey Mouse, Snow White, Cruella Deville, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann all have in common? They are all members of the Krewe of Gambrinus! At least that’s what it seemed like at the coronation ball. Between beautiful gowns and handsome tuxedos, make believe characters were dancing to the beat of the renown Triumphs. Listen in with Talk of the Bay

Mardi Gras Beach Run, Sat. Jan 19 – Galveston

Saturday was COLD, no doubt but it didn’t stop runners and walkers from coming out and enjoying the Mardi Gras Beach Run.

Participants gathered up as Harold Jackson, with the YMCA, led the warm-ups to the sounds of the Dancing Queen.
Listen, into Talk of the Bay, as Mardi Gras Beach Run participants prepare for and complete their own races.
Krewe D’Esprit Rosaire Royal Pageant – Galveston

On Saturday night, January 19, 2008, the Krewe D’Esprit Rosaire converted the Expo Hall at Moody Gardens into a Salute to Hollywood. Krewe members dressed up as their favorite Hollywood star and came out to walk in on the red carpet. But the true star of the ball was Miss Ronnette Daniels, Queen of Krewe D’Esprit Rosaire. Listen in as Cheryl Randle tells Talk of the Bay about this event...
Krewe Babalu Den Party, Jan. 25 – Galveston

It was a cold night in Galveston, typical Mardi Gras weather, but that did not stop the fun from happening in the Krewe Babalu float warehouse. It didn’t even slow down the fun!

With plenty of libations and some great food krewe members danced, threw beads, and had a great time. Listen in as President Angela Chapman, Queen Barbara tell Talk of the Bay about their event...
Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Parade – Galveston

The Mystic Krewe of Aquarius brought their pride and joy out to the Seawall this morning. With 12 floats lined up on 15th street, the first parade of the 2008 Mardi Gras season was staging for a grand entrance on to the seawall.

Listen in as Talk of the Bay, spends time with some of these parade participants.

Krewe of Gambrinus Float Contest & Parade – Galveston

On Saturday, January 26, the Krewe of Gambrinus hosted the King of Gambrinus Lights up the Night, parade along the Seawall. Staging and judging took place at 22nd and the Seawall, where Gambrinus krewe members gathered to unveil their ‘secret’ themes for the float contest. Listen in as we talk to parade revelers about their costumes, their floats and how much fun they are having.
Krewe Babalu Parade – Galveston

Eddie and I wondered through the staging area for the Babalu Parade. There was so much excitement and laughter in the air, what a wonderful way to startup a fun weekend in Galveston.

Listen in as several parade participants tell Talk of the Bay how excited they are to be in the parade.
ZKrewe Painting Their Logo on the Strand – Galveston

Very early on Saturday morning, prior to the ZKrewe Processional, a group of Zanies get together, under the order of their king to paint the ZKrewe logo on the Strand. Traditionally, the logo is placed directly under the balcony of the Trumpet building which happens to be home for the ZKrewe during Mardi Gras.

Listen in as ZKrewe members tell Talk of the Bay about this unique and charming tradition.
Krewe du Vroom Parade – Galveston

With Mike Hightower in the lead the Krewe du Vroom took to the streets. Celebrating their 2nd year as a krewe and parade participants the krewe looked and sounded cool.

Listen in as Mike Hightower and some of the other krewe members tell Talk of the Bay about their bikes and their krewe.

Mardi Gras translated is “Fat Tuesday” - Galveston

The two week celebration prior to Lent is known as ‘Carnival’.  Only the day before Ash Wednesday is Mardi Gras.  Literally translated, from its French origin, Mardi Gras means ‘Tuesday Fat’.  A day of feasting and revelry, originally Fat Tuesday was call Boeuf Gras (Beef/Ox Fat). Listen in as the Captain of the ‘final hoopla’, Jim Harrison, tells Talk of the Bay all about the fun party plans.  For party information contact Jim Harrison at 409-692-3366.

Mardi Gras Beach Run 2008 - Galveston

From den parties to parades, from balcony parties to masquerade balls, Mardi Gras in Galveston has everything; we even have a beach run.

Benefiting and hosted by the YMCA in Galveston, the Mardi Gras Beach Run is scheduled for Saturday, January 26. Listen in as the Executive Director of the Galveston YMCA, Jami Hugens tells Talk of the Bay all about this 9th annual beach run.
Galveston’s Santa by the Sea December 15, 2007

Santa will be making a special trip to Galveston Island on Saturday, December 15, at 4pm. Accompanied by one of his elves and his favorite Christmas Penguin, Santa will be appearing at Pier 21.

In celebration of the very special occasion, there will be live music, street performers and artists entertaining the crowd prior to the Galveston Harbor Parade of Lights happening at 6pm. Listen in on the Talk of the Bay

A City on Stilts, Galveston 1902 - 1912 - Through November 26, 2007

The City on Stilts, that's exactly what Galveston was after the storm of 1900. Never before has there been such a collection of photos and artifacts depicting everyday life during the rebuilding of Galveston. Everything from children getting around the city, to the plans for the seawall and the absolutely amazing engineering feat of raising the ground level of an entire city. hear more with Talk of the Bay
Santa by the Sea - Galveston

The winds were blowing hard and the temperature dropped. It felt more like the North Pole than Galveston. However, there was one person that felt right at home in all of that winter weather…Santa!! The Santa by the Sea brought kids of all ages out of the winter blast to give Santa their Christmas wish list. Listen in as some of the kids tell Talk of the Bay what they want for Christmas.
Quilts in Motion, Galveston County Historical Museum - Through November 16, 2007

An eclectic collection of quilts are now on display at the Galveston Historical Foundation, located at 502 20th Street in Galveston. All of these wonderful quilts are created by the members of the Island Quilter's Guild.

hear the rest in Talk of the Bay

Galveston Harbor Parade of Lights - Saturday, December 15, 2007

Don’t Miss The Boats! On Saturday, December 15th , the Historic Downtown Galveston Partnership will host Galveston Island ’s traditional Galveston Harbor Parade of Lights. So, come on out and enjoy a dazzling display of boats, of all sizes, dressed from stem to stern with glittering lights and twinkling decorations!! Vessels from all over the bay area will be participating in this year’s parade. get more...just click here on The Talk of the Bay
Dickens on the Strand November 30 – December 2, 2007

One of the pride and joys of Galveston, this festival is always one of my favorites. Friday started the festival off with the beautiful holiday music of the Handbell Concert at St. Joseph’s Church. Later that evening, we attended the Traditional Dickens Feast, dining on a typical English dinner while listening to Henry Dickens Hawksley, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens.
Listen to Talk of the Bay, as bagpipes accompany Queen Victoria into the Garten Verein and as Henry Dickens Hawksley narrates ‘A Christmas Carol'
Dickens on the Strand - November 30 - December 2, 2007
More than three decades ago, the Dickens on the Strand festival was conceived from a potluck dinner. The mission, then and now is to restore and preserve the Strand's historic downtown district and it's buildings. Now, thirty four years later, Dickens on the Strand is one of America's most popular events, of it's kind. Listen in as Molly Dannenmaier, PR Director for the Galveston Historical Foundation, tells Talk of the Bay, what we can expect to enjoy during this exciting weekend.
Brandon Backe Fishing Tournament Saturday, November 18, 2007

About 100 fishermen came out to the Galveston Yacht Club to compete in the 3rd annual Brandon Backe Fishing Tournament. It turned out to be a good day for fishing. Four hundred and twelve pounds of flounders, redfish, and trout were caught and weighed in to determine who would walk away with bragging rights. hear and read the rest in the Talk of the Bay
IMG_1210 Brandon Backe Fishing Tournament - Saturday, November 17, 2007

Brandon Backe, the starting pitcher for the Houston Astros, will be hosting the 3rd Annual Brandon Backe Fishing Tournament on Saturday, November 17, 2007. From 6:00 am, that morning, until 2:00 pm, fishermen will be bringing in their fish for weigh in.
The tournament will go three deep, with cash prizes, in four categories, of trout, flounder, and redfish. And an additional prize will go to the 'heavy stringer'.
Listen in as Brandon talks with Chiquita on Talk of the Bay

The Harvest Moon Regatta - Thursday, October 25 through October 28

On Thursday, October 25 at 2pm, the Harvest Moon Regatta will begin off the Galveston seawall, in front of the Flagship Hotel. Participating in the 34h annual race, 260 captains and their crew will race to Port Aransas, for a weekend of celebration. A wonderful addition to this year's race will be the sailing of Galveston's signature tall ship, the 130 year old Elissa.
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