Mardi Gras/Bead Celebration Locations:

Galveston, TX - The largest party outside of New Orleans.

San Jose, CA - A free street party with bands, food and drinks.

San Diego, CA - A ticket-based street party which takes place in the Gaslamp Quarter.

Mobile, AL - One of the oldest Mardi Gras celebrations in the nation.

St. Louis, MO - Mardi Gras events in the Soulard neighborhood, including a Grand Parade through downtown.

Williamsport, PA - A street party weekend prior to Mardi Gras. You can buy wristbands that let you in to the participating bars & clubs.

Hollywood, FL - A ticket-based street party in trendy downtown Hollywood .

Key West Fantasy Fest - It's not Mardi Gras, but you'll find a lot of beads and parades. Takes place every October.

Tampa Gasparilla Pirate Fest - A bead-filled party in early February.