Cowboy Mardi Gras – Texas
2022 Texas Mardi Gras
February 17th – 19th, 2022
Mardi Gras isn’t just for New Orleans anymore, it’s time for a little Cowboy Mardi Gras. As we grip with a cold January in the Texas Hill Country, we can all look forward to start of the Spring festival season. Bandera had Mardi Gras all to itself in 2021 and never really shut anything down for COVID. This year, Mardi Gras is back on in New Orleans and other traditional places, so Cowboy Gras isn’t the only horse at the rodeo. Hopefully the recent surge in omicron cases won’t put a damper on the festival.
Cowboy Mardi Gras in Bandera Texas All things Cajun and Mardi Gras take over in downtown Bandera Feb 17-19. The 11th street Cowboy bar in your Gras Headquarters.
Schedule of Cowboy Mardi Gras Events
Thursday – February 17
- 6:30 PM – Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie Band
- 10:00 PM – Kendall Shaffer
Friday – February 18
- 7:00 PM – Dwayne Dopsie & Zydeco Hellraiser
- 10:30 PM – Kin Faux
Saturday – February 19
- 8:00 AM – Gumbo Cook Off
- Noon – Madi Gras Parade
- 1:00 PM – Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition
- 2:30 PM – Adult Costume Contest
- 3:30 PM – Ryan Foret and the Foret Tradition
- 5:00 PM – Gumbo Awards
- 6:30 PM – Wayne Toups
- 9:30 PM – George Dearborne and Branded
It is highly recommended to purchase your tickets online 11th street bar does not take reservations of any type during our large Event Weekends!
We have not had a chance to make it to Cowboy Mardi Gras in Bandera yet. Three times we have booked our room and something came up where we could not make it. We did make a recent trip to Bandera for the first time and had a fun time. We stayed in the golf resort about a mile out of town and did a little fishing in a very nice new spot. It’s two hour from our home base in Austin, so we might make a day time appearance for the Gras to take some photos and sneak in a little fishing this year, even if we can’t make the full celebration.
Other Texas Mardi Gras Celebrations
Galveston is home to the biggest Mardi Gras celebration in Texas, and has been for a long time. It’s arguably the 5th biggest Gras in the US, behind New Orleans, Mobile, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge. They have a full slate of Parades and all the stuff you would expect from a Big Easy style Mardi Gras. Just on a much smaller scale and more family friendly atmosphere. The cool beach town vibe also adds to the fun when the weather is nice. It’s a full week of fun. Book your hotels rooms in advance as they can sell out way before the event. Hopefully COVID cases will be back down in 2022 so this is event is a possibility for us. There are some lame celebrations in Austin and San Antonio, but those aren’t really worth a trip if you are from out of state. Austin does host a Brazilian style “Carnival”, that is very cool, but it’s typically before “Gras”, and more of a ball than the traditional style celebration with floats and beads.
The town of Bandera is the entertainment hub of Bandera County, a vast 800 square mile oasis for Hill Country fun. For those of you looking for some old west charm, this place can’t be beat. There are cowboy shows and mock gun fights on main street (most Saturdays). dude ranches and old school motels also help give this town some Texas Cowboy charm. The river that runs trough town is one of my favorite spots to fish from the bank in all the of the Texas Hill Country with huge cypress trees lining the bank. The town is a little smaller than some of the other popular tourist detonations near buy, but it does have more of the Cowboy charm.
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