Life is grand for Roy Lopez.
The Texans defensive lineman will be the Grand Marshal on February 20th for Fiesta Gras at Mardi Gras! Galveston.
Lopez, who logged 31 tackles in 15 starts for the Texans defense as a rookie last season, will be at the front of a parade through the city's historic district starting at 4 p.m. that Sunday. The Fiesta Gras is a celebration of Hispanic heritage, and before the parade, a pair of musical acts will perform as well. The Grammy-award-winning Tejano Group Siggno will sing at 2:30.
Lopez played collegiately at New Mexico State and the University of Arizona and was chosen in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He finished his first pro season with a sack, a fumble recovery and five tackles for loss.
Mardi Gras festivities begin February 18 in Galveston and last until March 1. In all, 22 parades and 22 concerts will take place on the island. The celebration was founded in 1867 mand is the third-largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States. The organizers estimate they'll throw more than 3 million beads and trinkets to celebratory crowds.
Rapper Bun B was the Grand Marshal in 2020.