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Prohibition be damned! This 1920s Mardi Gras party went heavy on the wine, women and song

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The parade at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Tremont House ball guests party during Momus Grand Night Parade. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9913 Cindy Burkett, from left, Darcie Schlegel and Valerie Nabizadch at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Cindy Burkett, from left, Darcie Schlegel and Valerie Nabizadch. Photo by © Kim Christensen
Sheridan Mitchell Lorenz, left Perry Lorenz, Meredith and John Heimburger
Photo by Kim Christensen Photography
9836 Nicholas and Ivette Wilhelm at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Nicholas and Ivette Wilhelm. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9816 Buck Bailey poses with the "Flappers" at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Buck Bailey. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9668 The crowd catching beads at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Members of the crowd. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9598 Sharron Kittler posing with a member of The Philadelphia Mummers at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Sharron Kittler. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9449 The parade at the Tremont Ball March 2014
The parade. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9095 Chad Horwitz and Josephine Imparato at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Chad Horwitz and Josephine Imparato. Photo by © Kim Christensen
9089 Matthew Montes, from left Wendy Wisnieski, Brad Goebel and Margaret Resto at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Matthew Montes, from left, Wendy Wisnieski, Brad Goebel and Margaret Resto. Photo by © Kim Christensen
The parade at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9913 Cindy Burkett, from left, Darcie Schlegel and Valerie Nabizadch at the Tremont Ball March 2014
Sheridan Mitchell Lorenz, left Perry Lorenz, Meredith and John Heimburger
9836 Nicholas and Ivette Wilhelm at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9816 Buck Bailey poses with the "Flappers" at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9668 The crowd catching beads at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9598 Sharron Kittler posing with a member of The Philadelphia Mummers at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9449 The parade at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9095 Chad Horwitz and Josephine Imparato at the Tremont Ball March 2014
9089 Matthew Montes, from left Wendy Wisnieski, Brad Goebel and Margaret Resto at the Tremont Ball March 2014

GALVESTON — Even with the passing in July of its founder, George Mitchell, the Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball went on just as it has since 1985 when Mitchell and his wife, Cynthia, invited a lively throng to party carnival style. Saturday night, the show went on with "Pearls and Prohibition" as its theme.

Jazz music, costumed flappers, Prohibition Punch and Illegal Lemonade contributed to the high spirits that were generated in time for the arrival of the Momus Grand Night Parade. The curbside parade-viewing party kicks off the raucous evening as guests shed their otherwise sophisticated demeanors to shout and scramble for beads tossed from the passing floats.

The hour-long parade over, guests, many in '20s costuming and all draped in beads, sashayed into the Tremont Ballroom for frolicking late into the night. Among them were Mitchell family members including Tiziana and Grant Mitchell, Sheridan Mitchell Lorenz and Perry Lorenz and Betsy and Greg Mitchell.

The ballroom was transformed into a colorful speakeasy where retro swing band Poppin' Daddies kept the dance floor rocking.

Among them were Meredith Mitchell Heimburger and John Heimburger, Katina Mitchell, Penny and Bill Ross, Ivette and Nicholas Wilhelm, Marina and Allan Christensen, Cathy and Mel Rourke, Kathryn Rourke-Cox and James Cox and Staci Adams with Michael Cooper.

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