Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival

Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival

Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival

Barefoot Mardi Gras is Feb 10:


Barefoot Mardi Gras
February 10, 2018
Padre Island, Texas

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Always held the Saturday before Fat Tuesday, the 2018 Barefoot Mardi Gras with Parade, Festival and King & Queens Ball is scheduled for February 10, 2018.

The Barefoot Parade, which travels the beach on North Padre Island between Whitecap Blvd and Nueces County Park Rd near Access Road 5, is expected to have 60+ floats. The Official Barefoot festivities kick off when the Parade begins at 11am.

The Barefoot Festival, with its party of food trucks, artists, exhibitors and children’s activities, will be bigger with a new addition, The Kidz Fun Zone. Open from 11am – 5pm, you’ll find happy hour prices for Lone Star beer, and live music this year from OTB.

The Barefoot King & Queens Ball, held at the Veranda Restaurant at Schlitterbahn, has ramped up the adult only night with a new Cajun menu and a shrimp boil with Rollin’ Tide Boil Company. Party from 7pm to midnight with dance music and New Orleans style blues from the band Splendiferous.

Other Barefoot events include the Kick Of Party on January 23, 2018 and the Fat Friday Party on February 2, 2018.

Barefoot Mardi Gras is presented by Lone Star Beer & Coastline Properties.

Join in the fun by Sponsoring, Participating, Volunteering, and Attending!!


Barefoot Mardi Gras Parade

February 10, 2018
Begins at 11:00 am

Floats and fun for the whole family! The parade starts at Whitecap Beach and runs south along Padre Island to Bali Park at the Briscoe King Pavilion near Park Road 22.

2018 BFMG Parade Registration

View the parade route map

Barefoot Mardi Gras Festival

February 10, 2018
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Live music from OTB! Kidz Fun Zone! Food & Fun for all ages! The festival is located in Bali Park on Padre Island at the Briscoe King Pavilion. It features live music, artists, car displays, exhibitors, a children’s area, food, drink and more! Admission is $5.00 paid at the gate. Cash Only.

2018 BFMG Food Vendor Contract
2018 BFMG Artist Contract
2018 BFMG Exhibitor Contract

King & Queens Ball

February 10, 2018
7:00 pm – 12:00 am

Leave the kids at home & Let the Good Times Roll!
Patrons must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Ball Ticket includes a cajun style dinner from the Veranda Resturant and a shimp boil from Rollin’ Tide Boil Company! Dance in high heels or dance barefoot to the blues rock New Orleans style music of Splendiferous. Costumes encouraged! Enjoy ‘Happy Hour’ drink specials until 9PM. Put on your royal beads and feathers ‘cause we will be crowning our new 2018 Barefoot Mardi Gras King & Queen! Plus, enjoy face painting as only the Cajuns can and have your tarot cards read!
Why not make a weekend out of it and stay at Schlitterbahns’s beautiful 92-room resort hotel. Special resort pricing for the event is available so book your room now by calling us direct at (361) 589-4220.
The King & Queens Ball is held at Schlitterbahn Riverpark & Resort on Padre Island.
Tickets are $30 pre-sale and $40 at the door. Tickets are available on-line or at Schlitterbahn.

Kick Off Party
January 23, 2018
Begins at 5:30 pm

The 2018 Barefoot Mardi Gras Kick Off Party will be at Angry Marlin Restaurant at 15605 S Padre Island Dr, Corpus Christi, TX 78418. Admission includes food, music by Laid Back Texas and a silent auction – 100% of proceeds benefit the Island Foundation Schools and the Port Aransas Schools. Admission: $5

Fat Friday Party
February 2, 2018
Begins at 6:00 pm

The 2018 Fat Friday Party will be at the Briscoe King Pavilion at Padre Balli Park near Bob Hall Pier (15820 Park Rd 22, Corpus Christi, TX 78418).

Our Cause:

The event was founded as a fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters by Denise and Duane Ebert and has grown into a signature event for Padre Island. The Eberts asked the Padre Island Business Association to take on the management of the event and the two groups worked together in 2015.

Added into the mix by 2016 was an Island charity that will also serve as a beneficiary, The Island Foundation (Seashore Charter Schools). Organizers of the event include: EM Marketing Company located on Padre Island, along with the Barefoot Mardi Gras Committee, The Padre Island Business Association Ambassadors and numerous volunteers who all work together on producing the events.

Buy T-Shirts:

Exclusive 2018 Barefoot Mardi Gras T-shirts will be available starting on Friday, February 2 at the Fat Friday Party. And at the Padre island Business Association Luncheon on February 8th. You can also order by emailing until February 8th. After that shirts will be available available during the parade and at the festival.

Further Information:

Barefoot Mardi Gras Information:

Padre Island Business Association:

EM Marketing Company:


For information about volunteering, email




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