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Tilman Fertitta and Usher let the good times roll with Houston VIPs

Tilman Fertitta and Usher let the good times roll with Houston VIPs

Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019 Patrick, Michael, Tilman, Blayne, Paige and Blake Fertitta
Patrick, Michael, Tilman, Blayne, Paige, and Blake Fertitta.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019   Tilman, Blayne and Vic Fertitta
Tilman, Blayne, and Vic Fertitta.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019    David Voitt, Alanna Flores, Tyler Rosen, John Sin
David Voitt, Alanna Flores, Tyler Rosen, and John Sin. Photo by Gary Fountain
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Carter Ware, Ari Brown, Emma Willingham, Lane Ware
Carter Ware, Ari Brown, Emma Willingham, and Lane Ware. Photo by Gary Fountain
Usher Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019
Usher rocked the house.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Scott Kelly
Astronaut Scott Kelly and Amiko Kelly. Photo by Dave Rossman
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Blake Fertitta and Dana Wempe
Blake Fertitta and Dana Wempe.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Jim and Dancie Ware
Jim and Dancie Ware.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Tony Buzzbee and Frances Moody
Tony Buzbee and Frances Moody. Photo by Gary Fountain
Duchess Maddi Walser Mardi Gras San Luis gala 2019
Duchess Maddi Walser makes her entrance.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Mardi Gras San Luis 2019 Usher Duchesses Danielle Perugini, Kathryn Criaco, Kaki Duenner
Duchesses Danielle Perugini, Kathryn Criaco, and Kaki Duenner. Photo by Gary Fountain
Duchesses Hannah Kirby, Heather Kirby, Devin Peterson and Amberlea Tribble
Duchesses Hannah Kirby, Heather Kirby, Devin Peterson, and Amberlea Tribble.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Dr. Suresh Khator, Renu Khator, Corina Tomas and U of H Coach Dana Holgorsen
Dr. Suresh Khator, Renu Khator, Corina Tomas, and University of Houston football coach Dana Holgorsen.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Mardi Gras San Luis gala Usher 2019 Matt and Chesney Goodson
Matt and Chesney Gordon.  Photo by Gary Fountain
Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019 Usher Josh Woods, Kelli Fertitta Woods and Anthony Nichols
Josh Woods, Kelli Fertitta Woods, and Anthony Nichols.  Photo by Dave Rossman
David and Allison Doyle, Jessica and Brian Burkhart
David and Allison Doyle and Jessica and Brian Burkhart.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Usher Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019
Usher crooned and energized the crowd.  Photo by Dave Rossman
Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019 Patrick, Michael, Tilman, Blayne, Paige and Blake Fertitta
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019   Tilman, Blayne and Vic Fertitta
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019    David Voitt, Alanna Flores, Tyler Rosen, John Sin
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Carter Ware, Ari Brown, Emma Willingham, Lane Ware
Usher Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Scott Kelly
Tilman Fertitta Mardi Gras San Luis Usher 2019  Blake Fertitta and Dana Wempe
Jim and Dancie Ware
Tony Buzzbee and Frances Moody
Duchess Maddi Walser Mardi Gras San Luis gala 2019
Mardi Gras San Luis 2019 Usher Duchesses Danielle Perugini, Kathryn Criaco, Kaki Duenner
Duchesses Hannah Kirby, Heather Kirby, Devin Peterson and Amberlea Tribble
Dr. Suresh Khator, Renu Khator, Corina Tomas and U of H Coach Dana Holgorsen
Mardi Gras San Luis gala Usher 2019 Matt and Chesney Goodson
Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019 Usher Josh Woods, Kelli Fertitta Woods and Anthony Nichols
David and Allison Doyle, Jessica and Brian Burkhart
Usher Mardi Gras San Luis Gala 2019

What: The San Luis Salute México Magnifico

Where: The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort

The scoop: The 23rd annual San Luis Salute, hosted by the Tilman Fertitta family, earned riotous applause as revelers from near and far gathered for this year’s Mardi Gras! Galveston celebration. The event sold out within hours (with more than 1,900 tickets sold) and honored Dr. Joel Patterson, chief and program director of the neurosurgery division in the Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston.

To kick off the invitation-only celebration, VIPs sipped Veuve Clicquot bubbly and margaritas served in mini Patron bottles beneath a crystal tent set against a stunning background of Fertitta’s mega-yacht, the Boardwalk.

At the main event, Richard Flowers of the Events Co. brought the vibrancy of "México Magnifico" to life inside The Galveston Island Convention Center at The San Luis Resort’s stately foyer. Guests arrived dressed to the nines, instantly posing against the fluorescent paper flower walls. During the cocktail hour, a DJ on a truss entertained above the crowd, while an aerial bartender artfully poured champagne and Elan dancers passed cocktails.

The Big Beyond entertained the lively group behind a jaw-dropping colorful visual spectacular of Elan and skeleton dancers, stilt walkers, and enormous Mexican puppets. Blue and white Talavera vases filled with colorful flowers as centerpieces, Clase Azul Reposado tequila, Mexican blue-rimmed shot glasses and cocktail shakers were situated on the guests’ glitzy tables.

Following the impressive reveal was a grand procession of notable guests, including NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and wife Amiko Kelly; U.S. Rep. Randy Weber and wife, Brenda; state Rep. Shawn Thierry; state Sen. John Whitmire, dean of the Texas Senate; state Sen. Larry Taylor and wife, Kerri; state Sen. Carol Alvarado; UTMB President Dr. David Callender and wife, Tonya; University of Houston chancellor and President Renu Khator and husband, Suresh Khator, UH football head coach Dana Holgorsen, and athletic director Chris Pezman and wife, Marisol; CNBC’s Brian Sullivan and wife, Julie; Doe and Henry Florsheim; Nandita and Michael Berry; Dave Jacquin and son, Alec; Jefferies chairman and CEO Richard Handler; Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and wife, Tanya; Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset and wife, Brenda; event honoree Dr. Joel Patterson and wife, Laura; the Fertitta family; and the entire royal court from the Knights of Momus, highlighted by King Frivolous CIV Vic Fertitta and Momus Queen Blayne Fertitta.

The Duchess Royal Court includes Lexie Ammons, Gracie Bassett, Nicole Blakley, Kristen Blakley, Kathryn Criaco, Katie Rose Cullen, Bailey Dodson, Kaki Duenner, Melissa Estrada, Blayne Fertitta, Chloe Flores, Hannah Herrold, Valerie Herrscher, Joanie Kelso, Sabrina Kesler, Hannah Kirby, Heather Kirby, Maria Koutrouvelis, Marissa Matthews, Macey McCann, Danielle Perugini, Devin Peterson, Cara Quigley, Sara Beth Shelton, Emlynn Smith, Amber Tribble, Morgan Vicknair, and Maddi Walser.

The highlight of the night, world-renowned musical artist Usher, rallied the crowd as he took the stage for a 75-minute show to perform "Burn," "Yeah!," "Confessions Part II," "DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love," and many more, creating an instantly packed dance floor. Michael, Patrick, Blake, and mom Paige Fertitta (in a stunning Dolce & Gabbana gown) were spotted on the black-and-white checkered dance floor near the head tables alongside Momus Queen Blayne signing along to the best-selling, radio-dominating pop and urban artist’s show.

The Mardi-party continued into the weekend following the Momus Grand Night Parade as the Fertitta children teamed up to host the parade afterparty dubbed “Despues de la Fiesta” held at the San Luis Resort. More than 500 invite-only partygoers entered the grand ballroom to a nitrogen bar featuring Souza Hornitos tequila margaritas and spicy pineapple margaritas set beneath a dramatic, balloon-covered ceiling, while DJ Alesso entertained with a private show that lasted well into the morning, capping out the Mardi Gras party of all parties.

Who: The fashionable crowd included King Frivolous CIV Vic Fertitta and wife, Joy; astronaut Mark Kelly; Momus President Hal Rochkind and wife, Jessica; Houston Rockets’ CEO Tad Brown and players P.J. Tucker and Gary ClarkFrank Billingsley and Kevin GilliardDancie and Jim Ware, with sons Carter and Lane; Lori and Allan Matthews; Katie, Harry, Hugh Roy, and Rose Cullen; Deanna and Gary BartonJoanie McLeod Kirksey; Kelly and Anthony Duenner; Dianne and Fred Burns; Renee and Scott Rice; Joan and Doug McLeod; Maggie and John Kelso; Debra and Tom Perich; Todd Fertitta; Jay Fertitta; Kelli Fertitta Woods and husband, Josh; Tom Koch; Frances Moody and Tony Buzbee; Francie Moody Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg; Margie and Scott Kusnerik; Jocelyn and Billy Sullivan; Claudia and William Estrada; Libbie and Bill Ansell; and Chita and Lane Craft.