Mardi Gras season brought a series of serious fetes to H-Town and historic Galveston Island.
THE PARTY Spirited Houstonians savored Mardi Gras season with two full weeks of festivities leading up to Fat Tuesday. The Knights of Momus’ glamorous Coronation Ball, and Paige and Tilman Fertitta’s 21st annual San Luis Salute kicked the party off on Galveston Island, while revelers back on the mainland enjoyed a lavish night out at the University of St. Thomas’ annual gala at the Hilton Americas in Downtown Houston. THE SCENE For Knights of Momus, a sold-out crowd of 850 partygoers filled the Grand 1894 Opera House where Lawrence C. Estes Jr. and Lauren Balentine were crowned King Frivolous and Momus Queen, respectively. Eyepatch-wearing guests proceeded to dance the night away at Galveston’s convention center, suitably decorated with cannons, treasure chests, palm trees, parrots and even a few live monkeys. The following weekend, more than 1,800 revelers attended the San Luis Salute—one of the year’s hottest tickets—for a space-themed spectacle featuring high-flying aerialists, stilt walkers, painted models and musical acts. THE HIGHLIGHTS Jason Derulo was this year’s headliner at the San Luis Salute, and fans went wild. A number of other notable guests also attended the event, including former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and astronaut Scott Kelly. Back in H-Town, the University of St. Thomas gala shattered its record for scholarship fundraising, netting a whooping $1.8 million. Now that’s a fat sum! - Lawrence Knox
Knights of Momus photos by Rhea’s Photographic Art; San Luis Salute photos by Gary Fountain and Dave Rossman; St. Thomas Gala photos by Daniel Ortiz