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Houston billionaire turns Galveston into Monaco with glamorous Mardi Gras that draws astronauts & Giffords

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — When billionaire Tilman Fertitta and wife Paige throw a party, the riotous fun is all but guaranteed. Case in point, Friday night's San Luis Salute to Mardi Gras that saw ...


Strange Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras turned upside down: Crazy wildness trumped by diplomacy in an unusual party fit for a knight

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — The hijinks were more delightful than unholy at the Knights of Momus Coronation Ball Saturday night when 700 members of the Krewe of Momus and friends packed the Grand 1894 Opera ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mardi Gras for the tony set means beautiful duchesses and King Frivolous are on the loose

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — Pageantry, frolic and fancy frocks were hallmarks of the Knights of Momus Coronation Ball that kicked off Mardi Gras festivities in a two-tiered evening that began in the Gra ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mardi Gras roars off to an early start with a sexy fashion preview: Got beads?

By Shelby Hodge

You can never be too rich or too thin or wear too many bangles and beads at a Mardi Gras ball. Just ask the lively contingent that rolls down I-45 each winter for the bevy of galas, some private ev ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Mardi Gras goes cowboy: George Mitchell shakes up the party with a Tremont House waltz

By Shelby Hodge

Galveston might have adopted the "Jazz, Jazz, Jazz" theme for its 2013 Mardi Gras celebrations, but George Mitchell, venerable king of the island's Mardi Gras, opted for a Western the ...


Shelby About Town

Tilman Fertitta's swanky Mardi Gras sells out, Lucinda Loya lands in a national mag and Hilfiger gets Cheeky in Houston

By Shelby Hodge

The winter issue of Interiors Magazine casts its glow across the talents of interior designer Lucinda Loya with a multi-page profile that has the remarkable talent soaring. With her work already pr ...


Galveston Mardi Gras 2012 Krewe of Maximilian Bead Party

The Krewe of Maximilian has secured The Roof Garden, one of the only two private balconied spots in the heart of The Strand, to toss beads to all the revelers below. With open bar, food by Don Stra


Shelby's Social Diary

The Pointer Sisters, a champion pole dancer & Pink Flamingos rock Mardi Gras' San Luis Salute

By Shelby Hodge

No one had any doubts when King Frivolous of the Knights of Momus commanded that this year's San Luis Salute be the best party ever. After all, Tilman Fertitta was crowned King Frivolous last w ...


Shelby's Social Diary

King Tilman Fertitta and Commander Mark Kelly headline the Knights of Momus

By Shelby Hodge

We've always held that Tilman Fertitta is the king of Galveston Mardi Gras. As of Saturday night, he has the crown to prove it. Fertitta was anointed King Frivolous XCVI at the white-tie-an ...


Shelby's Social Diary

Spirits soar into the stratosphere at San Luis Salute "Blue Moon" gala

By Shelby Hodge

GALVESTON — It's a good thing that Friday night's San Luis Salute to Mardi Gras was not a masked ball. Even without having to guess the identities of various dinner partners, thi ...


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