Attending the Port Arthur Mardi Gras this year? If so, be prepared to notice an extra dose of Catholicism.

For the fourth year in a row the Encounter Catholic booth will be returning to the four-day celebration in the float den offering complimentary activities for kids from age 0-100 and plenty of information on Catholicism. Priests and deacons will also be on hand again blessing rosaries.

But this year in addition to the Encounter Catholic booth, a living rosary will be hosted by men from St. Henry Parish, Bridge City. The rosary will be prayed at 2 p.m. Feb. 18 at the corner of Waco and Procter Streets. More than 60 people are already lined up to take part in this first ever Mardi Gras event. All are welcome to attend and join in praying.

A practice session for all those wanting to hold the large living rosary will be at 9 a.m. Feb. 11 in the activities building at St. Henry, 475 W. Round Bunch Road. For more information contact Ronny Jackson by emailing

Other Catholic presence will be made by several Port Arthur parishes’ food booths.

The Port Arthur Mardi Gras will be held in downtown Port Arthur Feb. 16-19. Feb. 16 gates will open at 5 p.m. and close at 10 p.m. Feb. 17 gates will open at 6 p.m. and close at midnight. Feb. 18 gates will open at noon and close at midnight. Feb. 19 gates will open at noon and close at 8 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Visit for ticket prices and advance purchase locations.