Who knew that Mardi Gras was a year-long thing? I didn’t. Apparently, joining a “krewe” not only gets you a lot of fun and countless beads during the big parade weekend, it also means parties throughout the year.

As part of an arrangement to do some photography/video work for the Krewe of Gambrinus this year, I headed to Galveston for the first big kickoff party of the year.

The new King and Queen arrived by horse-drawn carriage, there was beer and food aplently and all the music and fun you can handle. It seems like a pretty cool bunch of people that really just like to get together and have fun. I think I am going to like my first experience with Mardi Gras.