Mardi Gras Ball for Special People

Special People's BallPerhaps, one of your new year’s resolutions was to meet new people, get involved in the community or volunteer more. Well, you can do all of that by volunteering at this fun event.

No one needs to miss out on the Mardi Gras experience in Galveston. Moody Gardens will host the 24th Annual Mardi Gras Ball for Special People on Sunday, Feb. 7. Annually celebrated by thousands of people with special needs, this free event is hosted by Moody Gardens and made possible by hundreds of volunteers who contribute their time, supplies and services.

This year’s theme is Masquerede, and entertainment will include a local Galveston band Mid-Life Crisis.  To make the event free to all attendees, contributions have been made by numerous volunteers, Moody Gardens and other local businesses. Participants can enjoy donated food, refreshments, plenty of beads, clowns, face painters and a dance contest. This year, there will also be a costume contest and costumed characters.

We are looking for volunteers to assist with the table set-up, decorations, ushering, serving food and dancing with the guests. It’s a win-win situation where both participants and volunteers can have a good time.

The event is scheduled for 12 noon to 4 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center Expo A and B. For event registration and volunteer information, please contact Moody Gardens® at 800-582-4673, ext. 4108.

What: Mardi Gras Ball for Special People
When: Sunday, Feb. 7, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Where: Moody Gardens Convention Center Expo A&B
Who: People with special needs and their immediate family members are invited. Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated.
Information: 800-582-4673 ex. 4108 or

26 Responses to “Mardi Gras Ball for Special People”

  1. I would love to volunteer, but I cant this Sunday Feb.7, 2010. Maybe if yall need help another time please let me know.
    Thank You
    Glenda Eldridge

  2. Nezetta says:

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  4. EODCS says:

    This is my first year working with people who have special needs. This was an awesome event. The guys had a blast; they got tons of beads and danced their butts off.

  5. Mary Martin says:

    Volunteered for this event last year and had an awesome time!! Would love to volunteer again for this year. Please contact me!!

  6. Looking forward to all the festivies. We all were there a couple of yrs. ago, when the Saints won the superbowl and our elders had such a great time. We also came back home with Saints embols on our cheeks. See you all Feb. 7, 2012. Thank you for such a nice time for such wonderful people. God bless

  7. Marie Herzog says:

    I have a group of special people that might be interested in attending the dance how do we get an invitation.

    Thank you,
    Marie Herzog
    Parent of a Special Needs Adult.

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    This is my son first time attending the Mardi Gras Ball for special needs people we are wondering what is the attire and what to expect?

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