Tickets are now on sale online for the first A&M Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party benefitting the George P. Mitchell Society of Texas A&M University at Galveston. The Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Party is Saturday, Feb. 14 beginning at 6 p.m. in The Tremont Ballroom and is entirely underwritten by The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel.

Individual tickets for the party are $125 per person for open seating or start at $1500 for a sponsored table. Admission includes a Cajun themed buffet, open bar, live music by The Line Up and a premier view of the Momus Grand Night Parade as it passes in front of the hotel. Guests will have the option to watch the parade from the ballroom balcony or at street level in a gated viewing area.

This is the first year for the parade viewing party as The Tremont House transitions its annual Mardi Gras ball to a new event benefitting Texas A&M University at Galveston in memory of hotel owner and 1940 Texas A&M University graduate George P. Mitchell. In contrast to previous years, tickets to the event are separate from the Mardi Gras hotel package and The Tremont House will be open to the public. For hotel reservations, visit www.thetremonthouse.com.  Mitchell, who passed away on July 16, 2013, donated the land for Texas A&M University at Galveston’s main campus in his father’s name and has been recognized as the most generous donor in Texas A&M University history.

“We are grateful for this opportunity,” says Admiral Robert Smith III, CEO of TAMUG, “This generosity will enable us through the George P. Mitchell Society to provide scholarships and initiatives for excellence.”

Honorary chairs for the event are Rear Admiral and Mrs. Robert Smith III, USN (Ret), Dr. and Mrs. William Merrell and Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Murphree. Dr. Merrell is a TAMUG professor and George P. Mitchell ’40 Chair in Marine Sciences and Mr. Murphree is chairman of the TAMUG Board of Visitors and CEO of The Southern Funds Group.

“We are excited about this new tradition of Mardi Gras at The Tremont House and we are pleased with our long term partnership with Texas A&M University at Galveston,” says Complex General Manager Steve Cunningham. “Mr. Mitchell would smile knowing that our ballroom will be filled with Aggies and supporters of his prized alma mater.”

To purchase tickets or a table, visit www.tamug.edu/mardigras.

The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, celebrated its first Mardi Gras Ball and Hotel Grand Opening on Feb. 16, 1985. As The Tremont House approaches its 30th Anniversary, the hotel plans to revive old practices, pass on current rituals, and create new traditions for the future.

About the George P. Mitchell Society

The George P. Mitchell Society is comprised of individuals and organizations who want the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University to thrive and grow as the only maritime university on the Gulf Coast and one of the premier ocean-front universities of the world. The society supports various efforts in Galveston including scholarships to recruit and retain outstanding students, campus beautification, recognition of outstanding staff and faculty and intercollegiate competition for student teams. Following the lead of George P. Mitchell, members give significant private support to provide the margin of excellence to enhance the entire University, to a level well beyond what can be achieved with State and other standard support. For more information, visit www.tamug.edu/develop/Campaigns/MitchellSociety.html.

About The Tremont House

The Tremont House, A Wyndham Grand® Hotel, is owned by the Cynthia and George Mitchell family as part of Mitchell Historic Properties. The Tremont House is a 119-room boutique style hotel located in the heart of The Strand National Historic Landmark District and Galveston’s Downtown Cultural Arts District. The hotel is in the heart of the Mardi Gas Uptown Entertainment district and features 14,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a bistro-style café, fitness center and two bars for entertainment – the 1888 Toujouse Bar and The Rooftop Bar. For reservations, call (409) 763-0300 or visit www.TheTremontHouse.com.

About Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), offers upscale hotel and resort accommodations at more than 170 properties throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, the Middle East and China. All Wyndham® hotels are either franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or managed by Wyndham Hotel Management, Inc., or one of its affiliates. Additional information and reservations for all Wyndham hotels are available by visiting www.wyndham.com.

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About Galveston Island

Galveston Island is a historic beach town located on the Gulf of Mexico just 50 miles from Houston. The island offers 32 miles of beaches, a variety of family attractions, one of the largest and well-preserved concentrations of Victorian architecture in the country, and Texas’ premier cruise port. For more information on Galveston Island visit www.galveston.com or call 1-888-GAL-ISLE.