Please help us raise $40,000 (cost of the fireworks show) to keep this 36 year Hell's Gate Fireworks Show tradition going! 


Saturday, March 2, 2024

PARADE - 3pm on Park Road 36 - Prizes given for best Business & Individual Parade Float.
CLICK HERE to go to the Parade Entry Form - FREE - no charge to enter.

SHRIMP FEST - come enjoy a festive atmosphere with live Cajun entertainment starting at 5pm and some of the best shrimp you've ever had, serving around 6pm.

MARDI GRAS STORE - Opens mid-February - stop by and get geared up for the Parade and festivities...there is a costume contest you need to be prepared for!

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26th Annual Mardi Gras Parade Entry Information and Form

The parade is Saturday, March 2, 2024, at 3:00 P. M. 

There is no charge or entry fee to have an entry in the parade; we just need an entry form.

The parade route will begin at the Main Public Boat Ramp (#3) (across from The Retreat) and end at the Lions Club. You will need to be in line no later than 2:15 p.m. You may use any road-worthy vehicle for your float entry. You may pull a trailer. Please decorate your vehicle and trailer to resemble a float. Mardi Gras colors are purple, green and gold, but you are not restricted to these colors. Remember gaudy, flashy, glitzy and silly are the themes of the day!

There will be prizes for the best three floats in both the individual and business categories that will be given out at the Shrimp Boil in the evening. Remember the parade has a G-rated audience and the Brazos River Authority (BRA) will give tickets for open containers. Let your friends and neighbors know about the parade and encourage them to enter a float also! Enter a neighborhood float!

Each entry will be assigned a number for judging. Please check in and pick up your number from the parade chairmen at the boat ramp as soon as you arrive; attach the number to each side of your entry. It is necessary to have a visible number to be judged.

The chamber will have throw beads and float decorations for sale mid-February. Experience tells us you will need at least a case of beads to throw. Candy or other G-rated items may also be thrown. If your float displays your business name it is “Business” if it does not it is “Individual."

Contact the chamber office at 940-779-2424 if you need more information.

Please complete the entry form below as soon as possible.