• Zestival 2020

    You could be throwing beads and viewing the parades from our balcony!
    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 a full open bar, dancing, food, snacks, water, and soft drinks. Time is guaranteed on the balcony for bead throwing through our balcony rotation plan. And yes, we have clean restrooms (no porta-potties).
    You can bring your own throw beads or buy them at the party. [Note: 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.
    Zestival Dates & Ticket Prices
    Zestival 2: February 23rd, Noon to Midnight, $140 each
    Zestival 3: March 1st, 6pm to Midnight, $100 each
    Zestival 4: March 2nd, Noon to Midnight, $150 each
    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 23rd, Noon to Midnight

  • Zestival 3

    Friday, March 1st, 6pm to Midnight

  • Zestival 4

    Saturday, March 2nd, Noon to Midnight

  • FAQs

    Are there group discounts available?

    Yes. If you purchase at least 10 tickets, you will receive a 15% discount.


    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 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.


    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.


    Why must I provide my e-mail address?

    You will be sent an additional e-mail from Yaga Entertainment 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.


    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.


    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 vulgar 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.


    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 4 balcony parties during the 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.