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 party of all parties sold out once again with more than 1,900 tickets sold within hours.
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; Congressman Randy Weber and wife Brenda; Representative Shawn Thierry; Dean of the Senate, Senator John Whitmire; Senator Larry Taylor and wife Kerri; Senator Carol Alvarado; President of UTMB, Dr. David Callender and wife Tonya; Fertitta’s alma mater, University of Houston’s Chancellor and President Renu Khator and husband Dr. Suresh Khator, Head Football 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; chairman and CEO of Jefferies Richard Handler; Chief of Police Art Acevedo and wife Tanya; Sheriff Henry Trochesset and wife Brenda; the 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 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 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 Clark, Dancie and Jim Ware with sons Carter and Lane Ware, Lori and Allan Matthews, Terry and Lawrence Estes, Joanie McLeod Kirksey, 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, Frances Moody and Tony Buzzbee, Margie and Scott Kusnerik, Jocelyn and Billy Sullivan, Tony and Lisette Brown, Libbie and Bill Ansell, Dotsy Balentine, Dianne and Fred Burns, Francie Moody Dahlberg and Kevin Dahlberg, Susan Falgout and Fellman Seinsheimer, Gaye Lynn and Stuart Zarrow.
The Mardi-party continued into the weekend following the Momus Grand Night Parade as the Fertitta children teamed up to host the parade after party 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 famed DJ Alesso entertained with a private show that lasted well into the morning, capping out the Mardi Gras party of all parties.