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Naked ladies in body paint, bottomless glasses of bubbly & more mark San Luis Salute

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07, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Michael Fertitta, Blayne Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta, Blake Fertitta
The Fertitta family hosted the gala evening for 1,400 revelers. Michael Fertitta, Blayne Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta, Blake Fertitta Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
23, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tom Perich and Megan O'Malley
The Knights of Momus king and queen a the San Luis Salute. Tom Perich, Megan O'Malley Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
14, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Kyle Fontenot, Josie Arcidiacono
Gettin' down at the San Luis Salute. Kyle Fontenot, Josie Arcidiacono Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
19, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Claudia Kelly, Mark Kelly
The astronaut is escorted by his daughter. Claudia Kelly, Mark Kelly Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
16, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Carolyn Tanner, Model, Arvia Few
A little eye candy for the ladies at the San Luis Salute. Carolyn Tanner, Arvia Few Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
20, San Luis Salute, February 2013, George Olson, Jackie Haisley, Mayor Blair Presnell
The Veuve Cliquot flowed all night long. George Olson, Jackie Haisley, Blair Presnell Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
10, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Nicole Postolos, George Postolos
They've attended many of the San Luis Salute galas. Nicole Postolos, George Postolos Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
13, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
The band at the San Luis Salute was irresistible. Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
05, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Allie Doyle, Abigail Richison, Megan O'Malley, Hannah Willey
The duchesses and Knights of Momus queen at Paige and Tilman Fertitta's pre-gala cocktail reception at their yacht. Allie Doyle, Abigail Richison, Megan O'Malley, Hannah Willey Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
12, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Terry Estes, Lawrence Estes
Terry Estes, Lawrence Estes Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
09, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Aerialist
The aerialists were just part of the Mardi Gras surprises. Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
26, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Kelli Fertitta
Face painting a popular entertainment at the San Luis Salute. Kelli Fertitta Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
02, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Doug McLeod, Alex McLeod, John Blazevich
Among those joining the pre-gala festivities at the Fertitta yacht. Doug McLeod, Alex McLeod, John Blazevich Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
27, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
They could have danced all night at the San Luis Salute. Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
32, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Garry Tanner, Jason Few, Model, John Berger
Boys just wanna have fun at the San Luis Salute. Garry Tanner, Jason Few, John Berger Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
34, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta
They found a perch at the baby grand piano covered in Swarovski cystals. Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
03, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tom Perich, Debra Perich
The Knights of Momus King and his wife. Tom Perich, Debra Perich Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
01, San Luis Salute, February 2013, VJ Tramonte
A popular Galveston figure who embraced the face painting. VJ Tramonte Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
36, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Brenda Koch, Kool & the Gang band member
She's a fan of Kool & the Gang. Brenda Koch Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
33, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Denise Mobisette, Model, Cynthia Coleman
Girls just wanna have fun at the San Luis Salute. Denise Mobisette, Cynthia Coleman Photo by © Michelle Watson/CultureMapSNAP.com
07, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Michael Fertitta, Blayne Fertitta, Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta, Blake Fertitta
23, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tom Perich and Megan O'Malley
14, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Kyle Fontenot, Josie Arcidiacono
19, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Claudia Kelly, Mark Kelly
16, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Carolyn Tanner, Model, Arvia Few
20, San Luis Salute, February 2013, George Olson, Jackie Haisley, Mayor Blair Presnell
10, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Nicole Postolos, George Postolos
13, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Ellie Francisco, Michael Francisco
05, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Allie Doyle, Abigail Richison, Megan O'Malley, Hannah Willey
12, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Terry Estes, Lawrence Estes
09, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Aerialist
26, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Kelli Fertitta
02, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Doug McLeod, Alex McLeod, John Blazevich
27, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Diane Lokey Farb, Mark Sullivan
32, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Garry Tanner, Jason Few, Model, John Berger
34, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tilman Fertitta, Paige Fertitta
03, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Tom Perich, Debra Perich
01, San Luis Salute, February 2013, VJ Tramonte
36, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Brenda Koch, Kool & the Gang band member
33, San Luis Salute, February 2013, Denise Mobisette, Model, Cynthia Coleman

The Galveston Island Convention Center rocked to the rafters Friday night as Tilman Fertitta proved once again that there's just no topping his annual San Luis Salute to Mardi Gras. Each year, he mixes it up, providing myriad surprises that this year included models in furs, which opened to reveal little more discretion than briefs and body paint.

Need we say that the camera phones blazed.

Even before the curtains opened on the ballroom, decorated as a sophisticated jazz club, the crowd of 1,400 revelers was well into a party mood. And why not, what with the free-flowing Veuve Cliquot served from an ice bar, the martini bar where a topless/painted model reclined in a bathtub filled with olives and the standard bar service where IDs were seriously checked for the younger crowd.

The partying throng honored the college-aged Knights of Momus duchesses, accompanied by their youthful friends and dates. Also honored was Dr. Ken Fujise, University of Texas Medical Branch chief of cardiology. Proceeds from the party support construction of UTMB's New Jennie Sealy Hospital.

Such was the energy level in this fast crowd that most of the partygoers hit the dance floor even before taking their seats for dinner. 

As the Philadelphia Mummers arrived to launch the revelry, the curtains opened to reveal the stunning nightclub scene as envisioned by The Events Co.'s Richard Flowers and Kirksey Gregg.  In addition to the glamorous tone set by the super-sized disco ball rotating overhead, the party landscape included a baby grand piano painstakingly covered in Swarovski crystals (an effort that required more than two months to complete).

Such was the energy level in this fast crowd that most of the partygoers hit the dance floor even before taking their seats for dinner. Credit for that early action goes to Big Blast and the Party Masters, a killer show band from Atlanta. Both the young crowd and veteran Mardi Gras fans found their music irresistible.

"This party gets better every year. I don't know how they do it," mused one guest. Another enthused, "It's always an incredible party, it really is! It has a life of its own."

Then there was Kool & the Gang providing an '80s vibe as the crowd rocked to familiar tunes such as "Celebrate" and "Ladies Night." The set concluded with a massive balloon drop as good as any New Year's Eve fete.

Kudos to San Luis VP Paul Schultz and executive chef Brian Robertson for a stellar dinner that had guests praising the three-course menu, surely a challenge when serving 1,400.

Grooving to the upbeat tempo of the San Luis Salute were Paige Fertitta, who with Tilman chairs the evening; Knights of Momus King Frivolous Thomas Perich and wife Debra, astronauts Mark Kelly and Scott Kelly, Maria and Neil Bush, State Rep. Craig Eiland and wife Melissa, State Sen. John Whitmire, Dancie and Jim Ware, Nicole and George Postolos, Laura and Dave Ward, Miya Shay and State Rep. Gene Wu, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Jordy Tollett, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Dianne and Ed McDonough and on and on.