GAMGA Founders

In 1985 five great people had the idea to organize and keep the tradition of German Karneval in North America. Starting with a few Karneval Clubs on the West Coast they founded GAMGA and started the GAMGA Gala in Las Vegas. Their names should never be forgotten.

Mr. Horst Neu

Mr. Sigi Schuster

Mr. Paul Gunnemann

Mr. Hannes Schuster

Mr. Wilhelm Lechler

Honory Presidents

Erwin Simons, Ehrenpresident      († July 13, 2008)

Erwin Simons, Ehrenpresident († July 13, 2008)

Walter Luebke, Ehrenpresident

Erwin Simons, Ehrenpresident († July 13, 2008)

Hannes Schuster, Ehrenpresident († May 22, 2009)


The German American Mardi Gras Association represents the German American Karneval Clubs in the USA and Canada.

Karneval/Mardi Gras has a long tradition in Germany and is celebrated by millions of people there. Our goal is to give people in North America that same kind of feeling, the fun and the freedom of German Karneval, give them a place to celebrate the “fifth season” in America and keep a bit of German culture alive. All are welcome, no need to be German!

GAMGA celebrates one time per year an America wide event – the GAMGA Gala in Las Vegas-  with visitors from all over the world.


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