Gambrinus lights up Mardi Gras

The crowd clamors for beads as a colorful float passes by during the Krewe of Gambrinus Lights Up the Night Parade on the Seawall at Mardi Gras Galveston on Saturday. 

KEVIN M. COX/The Daily News

GALVESTON — A new route, but the same old Gambrinus. 

One of the staples of the Mardi Gras Galveston season is the Krewe of Gambrinus parade on the first Saturday of Mardi Gras. 

For 24 years, the parade has exclusively been on the seawall. But for the Krewe’s 25th anniversary, there was a new route that included the downtown entertainment district. 

In honor of the krewe’s silver anniversary the members abandoned their usual costumed-themes floats for outfits in silver and white.

Gambrinus one of the oldest krewe of Galveston’s Mardi Gras, just a few years younger than the island’s firsts, the Krewe of Momus and Mystic Krewe of Aquarius. 

George Black and his wife, Sherry, are founding members of the Krewe that started out as Krewe of Brew. 

When people complained that the Brew name was too much tied to alcohol, the krewe’s name was changed to Gambrinus, the mythical god of brewing. 

The Blacks, who in Friday were awarded the George P. Mitchell Mardi Gras award, were among the founding members of the Krewe. 

“Mardi Gras is a very special time for Galveston,” George Black said. 

“It’s a time that Galveston gets to show that we are a destination. Mardi Gras is Galveston.”

Police reported few problems on the first weekend of Mardi Gras. Crowds were not enormous, but about the size expected. 

Mardi Gras Galveston continues next weekend with its biggest events including the San Luis Salute and George Mitchell balls. 

Next weekend also features the Krewe of Momus Grand Night parade, the Barkus and Meow pet parade and the Special People’s Ball at Moody Gardens Convention Center. 

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