Partying With The Krewe

As we mentioned in our post about our Texas WWOOFing experience, we didn’t just learn about farming. We also got a full cultural experience. Part of that meant that we were “forced” to go to a float preparation party for the upcoming Mardi Gras parade in Galveston, TX. Yep, that’s right…Mardi Gras isn’t just for Louisiana.

Our hosts are members of the Krewe of Gambrinus (The Patron Saint of Brewing), a Galveston-based Mardi Gras krewe. They put on a yearly parade along Seawall Blvd. Well, we can’t be there for the parade since we’ll be in New Mexico, but we were able to dress up in some of their Mardi Gras bling (believe it or not, we don’t actually keep the attire you see with us) and attend one of their parties.

So let’s see, what is there to say about this party? As you’d expect, the alcohol flows freely with beer on tap and bottles of wine that miraculously refill themselves when they are emptied. So we spent the first hour mingling with our hosts and random people at the party, while enjoying the free drinks and the cheese and fruit table. There were a good 15-20 different kinds of cheese, 3 or 4 kinds of crackers, plus sliced apples and grapes.

But more important than the food and drinks were the people. I know we’ve all had the experience where you show up at a party without knowing many people and people look at you like “Uhh, why are you here?” (if they acknowledge you at all). Yeah, that wasn’t the experience here. Everyone was incredibly friendly and welcoming to a couple of people they’d never seen before.

We were able to walk around the garage full of floats, a good 30 or 40 floats in total, and get up on one of them. The amount of detail and work that goes into the floats has to be huge.

About an hour into the party, the Krewe royalty arrived, including the outgoing King and Queen, the to-be King and Queen who will be crowned at the upcoming ball, and the Dukes and Duchesses. After speeches, it was eating time! Since we’re in Texas, that means barbeque. We ate sausage and brisket, potato salad and baked beans, all while enjoying music (everything from country to dance pop) and more of that free wine and beer.

This was one of those events that had us saying to each other, “This is why we travel!”