Mardi Gras rolls into H-Town with parties in Downtown and on Galveston Island.
THE PARTY Houstonians got a real taste of the Big Easy with two major Mardi Gras fetes this year. Tilman Fertitta’s famous San Luis Salute took over Galveston Island, while education supporters turned out for the University of St. Thomas’ scholarship funds gala. THE SCENE More than 1,800 black-tie revelers showed up to San Luis Salute, which this year took on a Hollywood supper club theme. VIPs sipped bubbly at the San Luis Resort’s pool, where the Aqualillies water ballet group presented a synchronized swimming performance, after which the main event kicked off next door at the Galveston Convention Center. Aerialist showgirls poured drinks from giant Champagne flutes, life-size martinis roamed the ballroom passing out Don Draper’s fave, and legendary Blondie packed the dance floor with performances of classics like “Heart of Glass” and “The Tide is High.” Back in Downtown Houston, the University of St. Thomas got festive with its black-tie ball honoring the university’s Basilian Fathers. THE HIGHLIGHTS America’s Got Talent contestant Kechi Okwuchi pulled major heart strings with two songs during the night’s entertainment portion, and the event raised close to a million dollars for scholarships. -Ray Dennison
Photos by Dave Rossman and Gary Fountain