The Knights of Momus, Galveston’s oldest krewe, officially launched the first weekend of Mardi Gras on Feb. 23 with the Coronation Presentation and Ball.
Highlighting the event was the presentation of 28 duchesses from Houston and Galveston at The Grand 1894 Opera House as Momus saluted “Fiesta de Momus.” The duchesses charmed the sold-out audience of more than 900 with their Texas bows and haute couture-inspired gowns in a variety of vibrant colors designed by Miwa Sakashita of Houston. Dr. Todd Masel, Momus Ball captain, announced the reveal of King Frivolous CIV Victor Joseph Fertitta, a popular and beloved Galveston native. Momus Queen Blayne Alexandra Fertitta, a junior at the University of Southern California, made a grand entrance on an ornate, colorful flower cart pushed by brothers Michael, Patrick and Blake Fertitta. The grandfather-granddaughter Royal duo was only the second occurrence in Momus history. Photos courtesy of Michelle Watson