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.