It’s that time of year again! The Mardi Gras parades are rolling again in South Texas as excitement builds up to the crescendo on Fat Tuesday.

This year marks the 108th Carnival celebration in Galveston, which is taking place this year from Feb. 22 to March 5. During that 12-day period, it’s expected that there will be anywhere from 350,000 to 400,00 people on the island clamoring for beads tossed from riders aboard floats.

The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau’s public relations manager announced that Galveston’s festivities are the largest Carnival celebration in Texas and the third largest in the country.

Bands will be rocking out at 29 live concerts. There will be nearly two dozen parades and almost as many balcony parties. Also, many attendees will be puttin’ on the Ritz at white-tie Mardi Gras balls.

Mardi Gras is a time to celebrate before the solemnity of Ash Wednesday ushers in the season of Lent. During this hedonistic time, much alcohol is consumed by the revelers attending the local concerts, parties and parades.

With the party atmosphere in full force, there is no doubt that some residents and out-of-town guests will make the mistake to drink and attempt to drive home after the festivities have ended. Their poor judgment could lead to a catastrophic collision that could maim or kill a pedestrian or another motorist and their passengers.

With the many ride-share and public transit options available, there simply is no good reason to tempt fate and drive after drinking. If you wind up injured by a drunk driver this Mardi Gras, you may choose to file a claim for damages against the negligent driver who was responsible for your injuries.