GALVESTON, Texas -

Mardi Gras Galveston kicked off its first full night for 2014. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

"We'll be here tomorrow," said Chad Rogers of Humble. "We'll be here Sunday, we'll be here next weekend."

"It's lots of fun, lots of drinks, lots of food," said Rogers' wife Courtney. "Nothing better."

Revived in 1985, Mardi Gras Galveston is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation. Friday started with a parade, an umbrella brigade, and another parade to end the night.

"I used to go to Mobile, Ala. The original place where Mardi Gras started," said Chad Rogers. "This is fantastic. I love it."

With 300,000 people expected to attend the celebration over the next two weekends, organizers want people to have fun but say security foreveryone will be the priority.

"Galveston Police Department is fully ready and prepared to handle crowds," said Ivette Wilhelm of the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. "So we've got some extra folks out here that are manning the crowds, and making sure everything's secure. We want everybody to have a safe and fun time."