About Our Organization and Goals

The Houston Creole Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras Parade is dedicated to helping the youth, veterans, and seniors of Houston, Texas. Our event strives to preserve and celebrate Creole history and culture, including its unique fusion of African, French, Native America, and Spanish influences. This is an excellent opportunity for locals to learn about the Creole community in Houston and for visitors to experience Bayou City and give back to the vulnerable members of its community.

band playing at event on stageThe festival and parade are partnered with the nonprofit Sweet Hour of Prayer (S.H.O.P.) Ministries Inc. S.H.O.P was founded in 2005 as a radio program that was launched to promote Creole food and music. We at the Houston Creole Heritage Festival and Mardi Gras Parade saw S.H.O.P as a perfect fit for our cause, so we approached them about a potential partnership.

Together, we support the community’s students, former military members, and elderly. We raise funds for scholarships aimed at students entering the field of mortuary science and provide support for veteran groups that help Texans diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Recently, we have begun assisting with home care for seniors in the community as well.

Mission Statement

The guiding force behind this grassroots endeavor is Houston S.H.O.P. (Sweet Hour of Prayer) Ministries Inc., a nonprofit organization that raises funds to provide academic scholarships, purchase school supplies, senior home care, and enhance educational programs across Texas. Thank you for your consideration and time. We look forward to building a lasting relationship with you and your organization!

Contact our Creole heritage nonprofit to learn more about our events and our causes. We proudly serve the Houston metroplex and the Texan Gulf Coast.