GALVESTON — It’s the oldest of Mardi Gras Galveston’s balls, and, for those who attend, it offers the best view of the biggest parade of the pre-Lenten season carnival.
The Tremont House Mardi Gras Ball marks its 30th anniversary this year. After three decades, it is still one of the hottest tickets of all of Mardi Gras.
The ball was founded by the late George P. Mitchell as part of his rebirth of Mardi Gras on the island to mark the opening of his Tremont House Hotel on Mechanic Street in Galveston.
At the time, ball attendees could fit in the hotel’s ballroom on one side of the Tremont House. These days, the ball encompasses the entire first floor of the hotel and the Davison Ballroom across the street.
Just as it did 30 years ago, the Tremont Ball still offers the best viewing spot of the Momus Grand Night Parade.
This year’s theme — Pearls and Prohibition — hearkens back to the days when high society held parties in speak-easies and makes a naughty nod at Galveston’s past.
Music to fit the night will come from three performers: Jazz performer Dr. Michael White, the trio Danielle Reich and the retro-swing group Poppin’ Daddies, who gained famed with their hit “Zoot Suit Riot.”
The ball starts at 6 p.m. Saturday and takes a break for the parade at about 8 p.m. before the party resumes until midnight.
At a glance
WHAT: 30th Tremont House Ball
WHEN: 6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Tremont House, 2300 Mechanic Street in Galveston