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Roy Lopez, Texas defensive quarterback to serve as Grand Marshal at Mardi Gras! Galveston’s Fiesta Gras Celebration

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Although Texans defensive midfielder Roy Lopez was born and raised in Arizona, he made an early introduction to Mardi Gras.

“I didn’t know much growing up, but I was lucky enough to have a roommate from New Orleans during my freshman year in New Mexico State,” Lopez explained at a press conference on Thursday. “He started showing me videos of Mardi Gras and the pride and fun they had. It was crazy. I learned a lot from him.”

Lopez will become more familiar with Mardi Gras this weekend as he serves as Mardi Gras’ Grand Marshal! Galveston’s fifth annual Fiesta Gras celebration of Spanish heritage on Sunday, February 20.

Lopez is one of the NFL’s 24 Latino players.

“It’s very humbling and exciting at the same time,” says Lopez. “Being able to do things like this and be the face of Latino stores is great. Just being able to show pride and show our love for everything that we have is great. how wonderful.”

SEE RELATED STORY: This is the player’s guide to Mardi Gras! Galveston’s opening weekend

Founded in 1867, Mardi Gras! Galveston is the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the United States and the largest in Texas.

Lopez, a sixth-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, started 15 games for Texas as a rookie last season.

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