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Knights of Momus
News Release
Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band TO HIGHLIGHT GALVESTON’S
Knights of Momus grand night parade

Set for Saturday, March 5, 6:45 P.M.


GALVESTON, Texas – Galveston’s oldest Mardi Gras Krewe, The Knights of Momus has announced the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band will lead the Momus Grand Night Parade on Saturday, March 5 at 6:45 P.M. from the island’s Seawall Boulevard to the Historic Strand District. The Momus Parade will be televised on ABC Channel 13 at 10:35 p.m. time and sponsored by Landry’s Inc.

“The entire island is thrilled and excited to have the Aggie Band lead the 27th annual Knights of Momus Parade,” said Tilman J. Fertitta, sole owner, chairman and CEO of Landry’s, Inc. “It seems most fitting that we present the Texas Aggie Band at The Momus Mardi Gras Parade as they are two great Texas traditions. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Galveston Mardi Gras and the Aggie Band is the oldest college band in Texas,” added Fertitta, who is sponsoring the Aggie’s parade performance along with support from philanthropist George P. Mitchell.

“This will be one of our largest parades featuring more than 20 illuminated floats, 16 high school bands and the famous Philadelphia Mummers,” said Momus President James E. McLean.  The floats, depicting the theme – Arabian Knights – will feature giant icons representing The Voyages of Sinbad, Ali Baba & The Forty Thieves, Aladdin and the Magic Genie. Momus 2011 float sponsors include defensive lineman of the Pittsburg Steelers and Galveston graduate, Casey Hampton, along with the law firm, Sheehy, Ware & Pappas, Landry’s Inc., Mitchell Historic Properties, Dr. Bruce and Lisa Lowry and the Krewe of the Knights of Momus.

Mardi Gras, the traditional festival of feasting and merrymaking that proceeds the season of Lent, was publicly observed in Galveston as early as 1867.  Founded in 1871, the Knights of Momus actively participated in Mardi Gras! Galveston until 1941, when the celebration was interrupted by World War II.

Since its reintroduction to the Island in 1985, Mardi Gras! Galveston has been a grand-scale celebration of music, art and cultural events, all focusing on the Island’s rich heritage.

 “The Momus Grand Night Parade is a festive celebration everyone looks forward to each year as the pinnacle of Mardi Gras on Galveston Island,” said Dancie Perugini Ware, Momus founding trustee.  Past themes have included “Masks of Asia,” “A Greek Odyssey,” “Broadway Bound,” “A Salute to Hollywood,” “Carnival de Brasil,” “Fete de France,” “A Crescent City Carnival,” “Circus Momus,” “Salute to the Roaring Twenties,” “Salute to the British Isles,” “Viva Italia,” “Carnavaldo Brasil” and “Mexico Magnifico!.”

As the celebration continues to grow each year with more elaborate parades, balls and other activities, hundreds of thousands of revelers look forward to the annual festivities, which provide a midwinter boost to the Island’s economy. 

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