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Join us for the 76th Annual Shrimporee Festival June 14-16, 2024 | Parade June 15, 2024 @ 10 AM Downtown Aransas Pass
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2025 Festival Dates TBD

Vendors, Food Trucks, Live Music, Gumbo Cook-Off Competition, Kids Zone & Parade

Downtown Aransas Pass 235-353 S. Commercial St.




$25 Per Team

Participate in the Gumbo Cook-Off Competition

Check Back in November 2024

Craft/Commercial Vendors & Food Trucks

Participate in the Event as a Vendor

Check Back in November 2024

Entry Fee $25

Participate in the Saltwater Mardi Gras Parade

Check Back in November 2024

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Saltwater Mardi Gras is a collaborative effort between the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce and Destination Aransas Pass. The two non-profit organizations created Saltwater Mardi Gras to reignite the Aransas Pass downtown and increase foot traffic during winter months. Proceeds of the event are utilized toward beautification projects for Downtown Aransas Pass.



Thank you to our event sponsors!

Parade 10:00 AM

The parade will take place on (date TBD) and will kick off the Saltwater Mardi Gras festival in Downtown Aransas Pass.

Event Location: 235-353 S. Commercial St. Aransas Pass, TX 78336

Parade Route: Starts at the intersection of E. Magnolia and Commercial St, proceeds Northbound on Commercial St and ends left onto Wheeler Ave.

**After the parade 235-353 of S. Commercial St. will be closed to thru traffic until event closure**


Participating in the Parade: $25 Entry Fee

  • To participate in the parade please fill out the brief form linked below and remit payment to the Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce.
  • Parade Lineup Begins at 9:00AM on corner of Arch St. and E. Magnolia Ave. facing Magnolia Ave. behind ValueBank Texas. Please DO NOT park on Magnolia or block the ValueBank Texas Entrance.
  • Parade Judging Begins at 9:30 AM


Cash Prizes & Trophies

1st Place Best Overall Entry - $175 Cash & Trophy

2nd Place Entry - $100 Cash & Trophy

3rd Place Entry - $75 Cash & Trophy

Parade Route & Parade Staging Map

Gumbo Cook-Off Competition

$25 Fee Per Team

Gumbo Cook-Off details for the 2025 festival will be available in September 2024.

Vendors & Food Trucks

Craft Vendors: $75 Fee

  • Check-In 8:00 AM
  • Saltwater Mardi Gras craft vendors must be vending merchandise.
  • Vendors soliciting services (Insurance companies, telecommunications, etc.) will NOT be accepted in the craft vendor section and must complete a Commercial Vendor application.

Commercial Vendors (Soliciting Services): $350

  • Check-In 7:30 AM
  • Vendors soliciting services, products, or brands (Insurance companies, telecommunications, etc.)

Food Trucks: $75 Fee

  • Check-In 8:00 AM
  • To participate Food trucks must complete the below items before the event:
    • Purchase a 1-Day City Food Truck Permit. Please contact the Aransas Pass Public Works department at (361) 758-3111 to secure a permit.
    • Complete an Aransas Pass Fire Department fire inspection. Please contact the APFD at (361) 758-2086.
    • Purchase a County temporary event permit for Food Vendors/Food Trucks.
      • This permit must be purchased from San Patricio County, please contact the County’s office at (361)-587-3500 or email Gabriel Arroyo at
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