Krewe of Gambrinus - Galveston
Mardi Gras Galveston

The Krewe of Gambrinus, named after the Patron Saint of Brewing (see below), was formed in 1989 with the first "Gambrinus Lights Up the Night", rolling in February 1990. As one of the two Galveston Super Parades, the Krewe launches 14 Huge Floats, and just as many marching bands, tossing over 600,000 beads and trinkets to over 300,000 screaming spectators. Fireworks are arranged along the parade route to top it all of with a bang! As we mentioned on the entry page, the Krewe of Gambrinus, is a not-for-profit organization, chartered for the support of tourism and underprivileged children in Galveston, Harris, and surrounding counties.

Membership - Types of membership include Corporate and individual full or associate memberships. Corporate and full memberships include attendance to all events and a ride(s) on a float in the fabulous Gambrinus Lights up the Night parade along Seawall Boulevard and into the fabulous Strand Entertainment District in front of 200,000 of his closest friends. Associate members may attend all of the events and parties , but will not be assigned a space on the Mardi Gras parade floats.

The Krewe conducts several gala parties during the year including the Coronation Ball and the Brew Ha Ha. The fabulous parade is conducted the first week-end of the Galveston Mardi Gras celebration.


King Gambrinus, who was he?
King Gambrinus, known as "the Patron Saint of Beer", has long been a universal symbol of beer and brewing. Particularly during the late nineteenth century, the image of Gambrinus was used by countless brewers to promote their products and remind consumers of the rich heritage of beer-making. Many breweries were even adorned with life-sized statues of the King.

But who was Gambrinus? In 1891, George Ehret, the great New York City brewer, published a book entitled Twenty-Five Years of Brewing. In his book, Ehret briefly related the common wisdom as to the origins of King Gambrinus:
"While some attribute the invention of hopped malt-beer to Jan Primus (John I), a scion of the stock of Burgundy princes, who lived about the year 1251, others ascribe it to Jean Sans Peur (1371-1419), otherwise known as Ganbrivius. A corruption of either name may plausibly be shown to have resulted in the present name of the King of Beer, viz., Gambrinus, who we are accustomed to see represented in the habit of a knight of the middle-ages, with the occasional addition of a crown. Popular imagination, it seems, attached such great importance to beer, that in according the honor of its invention, it could not be satisfied with anything less than a king."