The stars came out for Beans & Jeans
Where else can one find Elvis, Tina Turner, David Bowie and Prince under one roof than at Beans & Jeans?
A packed crowd braved the chilly weather to attend the fifth annual event on Saturday night at the Bob Bowers Civic Center in Port Arthur. Beans & Jeans unofficially marks the start of the Southeast Texas Mardi Gras season. This is the 25th anniversary for Mardi Gras of Southeast Texas.
The “celebrities” brought in King cakes as they danced to their songs. Actually the stars were portrayed by members of Krewe De Bon Appetit, one of 11 krewes participating.
Tickets for the event once again sold out.
Electric Circus of Austin provided the music for the second year in a row. Jerrilynn Miller with Krewe De Bon Appetit and one of the organizers said the band plays a good variety of dance music.
Mid-County Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram also gave away a Yeti cooler.
The event is presented by the Krewe of Krewes and Mardi Gras Southeast Texas and sponsored by Sabine Pilots, Neches River Wheelhouse, Mid-County Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram, Twin City Honda, Richard Industrial Group, Bradley, Steele and Pierce, LLP, Tequila’s Mexican Restaurant, Kinsel Ford-Toyota-Lincoln-Mazda-Mitsubishi
Beans & Jeans started at the Carl Parker Center at Lamar State College-Port Arthur, but sold out its first year before it was moved to a larger venue.
Red beans and rice and king cakes were served among other delicacies and BYOB.
“Beans and Jeans started as a fundraiser to pay for maintenance fees for the krewes. There are 11 other krewes participating,” Miller said. “We have close to 1,500 people to attend. It coincides with Epiphany or the Three Kings’ Day. It marks the end of the Christmas season and the beginning of the Mardi Gras season.”
As opposed to the formal balls held later in the season, Beans and Jeans is a casual event.
David Ball: 409-721-2427