Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas kicks off in downtown Port Arthur

February 24, 2017 GMT

The opening night of the annual Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas festivities kicked off Thursday night in downtown Port Arthur. The opening parade was among the highlights to kick off the weekend-long celebration. The children’s carnival and musical entertainment, as well as food and other vendors, were also among the night’s activities.

On Friday, the gates open at 6 p.m. The Krewe of Krewes Parade is at 7 p.m. Casey Donahew performs at 10:30 p.m. Friday admission is $15. Gates open at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Numerous parades will be held throughout the day into night on Saturday, with the Krewe of Aurora Grand Parade beginning at 6 p.m. Granger Smith performs at 10:30 p.m. Saturday admission is $15. Gates open on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Munchkin Parade is at 3 p.m. Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday admission is $10. See a complete schedule at

mardigras.portarthur.com.