• Zestival Mardi Gras Balcony Party 2020

    Zestival Dates & Ticket Prices (prices do not include ticket agency fees-see order form for amount)
     
    Zestival 2: February 15, 2020, Noon to Midnight, $140 each ($210 with bead purchase) Click here to order.
    Zestival 3: February 21, 2020, 6pm to Midnight, $100 each ($170 with bead purchase) Click here to order.
    Zestival 4: February 22, 2020, Noon to Midnight, $150 each ($220 with bead purchase) Click here to order.
     

    Get above the jam-packed madness and prepare for the best Mardi Gras balcony party on the Strand held by Z Krewe of Galveston! We are in a fantastic location with one of the largest balconies available. The party price includes:

    1. A full open bar with premium liquor during Saturday Parties, water, coffee, and soft drinks,
    2. DJ and dancing,
    3. Dinner and all-day snacks,
    4. Entrance to the Strand.
    5. Guaranteed time on the balcony,
    6. Clean restrooms (no porta-potties),
    7. Beads for sale.

    Remove the hassle of carrying your beads to the party. This year we are also offering a special ticket package that includes the above plus 25 dozen beads and 2 bead bags for an additional $70 (a savings of $35 from purchasing at the party). The beads and bags will be at the party for your pickup when you check-in.

     

    You may also bring your own throw beads or buy them at the party. You are encouraged to bring a box or bag, with a lock, to hold your beads.

     

    Security is on the premises and you can come and go from the party to explore the Strand as you wish. Please note: You MUST BE 21 to attend this party. IDs will be checked. Specific Questions? See the FAQs or E-mail us at zkrewe@gmail.com for more information.

     
    Ticket prices include entry to the Strand area. You MUST BE 21 to attend this party. IDs will be checked.
     
    Specific questions? See the FAQs or e-mail us at zkrewe@gmail.com for more information.

  • Zestival 2

    Saturday, February 15, 2020, Noon to Midnight

  • Zestival 3

    Friday, February 21, 2020, 6pm to Midnight

  • Zestival 4

    Saturday, February 22, 2020, Noon to Midnight

  • FAQs

    Is there security for beads brought to the party or purchased?

     

    It is strongly encouraged to bring a box or bag with a lock, such as a suitcase, to hold your throwing beads. The Krewe is not responsible for beads left unattended and unsecured. There will be a place available to keep your beads; however, that does not preclude possible bead theft. Due to the number of people at the party, sometimes beads may "walk-away". The only way to know they will be safe is to place them in a locking container.

     

    Does my ticket include entry to the fenced Strand Area during Mardi Gras?

     

    Entry to the Strand is included in the price of your ticket. You will receive an additional e-mail from Yaga Entertainment via Event-Tix that is needed in order to enter the Strand area. You should receive this e-mail a few days before the date of the party. You must include a valid e-mail address, when purchasing tickets, in order to receive this entry pass. Tickets are sent to the person's e-mail making the ticket purchase. The purchaser can forward these entry tickets to another person, if necessary.

     

    Does my ticket allow entry to the Strand area during all days of Mardi Gras?

     

    No, your ticket is only good for the day of the party. To access the Strand area for any other day, you will need to buy a separate entry ticket.

     

    I purchased beads with my ticket. How do I get them?

     

    Purchasing beads with your ticket eliminates the hassle of carrying beads to the party. After you have checked into the party, you can pick up your beads and bead-bags at the bead booth. Please have your ID or your ticket to the party to pick-up the beads.

     

    Why must I provide my e-mail address?

     

    You will be sent an additional e-mail from Yaga Entertainment via Event-Tix that will allow you free entry to the Strand on the date of the party. You should receive this e-mail a few days prior to the party. Without a valid e-mail address, you will not receive this pass and will have to pay the entrance fee in order to attend the balcony party.

     

     Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

     

    Yes, you must be 21 to attend this event.

     

    What is included in the full bar?

     

    The bar will include beer, wine, a choice of liquors and mixers, soft drinks and water. The price of bar drinks is included with the party and there is no additional charge. On Saturday parties, there will be premium liquor for the asking and at no additional charge.

     

    Will I be able to see the parades from the balcony?

     

    Yes, all parades held in the downtown district and those that start on the Seawall will be passing directly in front of our balcony. There will be no rotation on the balcony during the times the parades are in progress. In other words, all party goers are allowed on the balcony to view the parades.

     

    Will I be able to get to the balcony rail to throw beads to the crowd?

     

    Yes. We now have a wonderful location with a lot of balcony space. If the balcony does get crowded, we have a rotation plan to assure you get time on the balcony. Note that during times when the parade is passing, there will be no restrictions to the balcony. If the rotation plan is in place, we ask that you respect other people's time and remove yourself from the balcony when your rotation time is complete. Under the rotation plan, you should be able to throw beads from the balcony at least once every hour.

     

    Can I throw beads during the parade?

     

    No. People and bands in the parade are not looking for beads and they may be hurt by someone throwing beads at them or damage may occur to instruments. You will be thrown beads by those in the parade, so this is a good time to try to catch them!

     

    What are my parking options for event?

     

    The party is located at the corner of the Strand and 21st Street. There is a public parking garage located two blocks from the party at 21st and Market.

     

     What can I bring into the event?

     

    You are allowed to bring throw beads. It is recommended you bring a locking container (like a suitcase) to hold the beads. You cannot bring alcohol to the party; however, a full bar including wine, beer and liquor is included at the party for no additional charge.

     

    Are there special rules related to conduct on the balcony?

     

    Yes. We do not allow any flashing or vulger expressions made to the crowd from the balcony. It is also not allowed to toss drinks off the balcony or throw something in such a manner as to purposely injure someone in the street. Guests who exhibit this behavior will be escorted from the party by security.

     

     How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

     

    Send an e-mail to zkrewe@gmail.com.

     

    What is Z Krewe?

     

    Z Krewe is a 501-(c)(3) Mardi Gras Krewe. We hold mardi gras events throughout the Galveston area and are involved in supporting local charities and organizations with volunteer time and and profit from our activities. For example, if there is any profit from the balcony parties, they will be donated to charity. For a list of our charitable activities and donations, please see our web-site at www.zkrewe.org.

     

    Is Z Krewe accepting new memberships?

     

    Yes. We are accepting new members. Z Krewe membership include parties such as a Big Daddy / Big Momma party, a formal Ball held at the Tremont Hotel's Davidson Ball Room and 5 balcony parties during the two weeks of Mardi Gras. We are also active all year with monthly Krewe meetings, other social activities and supporting other charitable organizations in the Galveston-Houston area.

     

    If interested in membership, just write us at zkrewe@gmail.com or you are welcome as our guest to a monthly Krewe meeting held the first Tuesday of each month at Las Haciendas Mexican Restaurant at the corner of NASA Parkway and I-45 (Gulf Freeway), Houston Texas.