2024 Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade lit up the night in Galveston on Feb. 10

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
2024 Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade
Thousands turned out to celebrate Mardi Gras in style on Galveston Island when the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade rolled through the streets on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024.

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) -- One of Galveston's biggest and brightest Mardi Gras parades is the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, and this year's event did not disappoint.

Incredible History of Mardi Gras Galveston

The Knights of Momus Mardi Gras Parade began in 1871, until it was discontinued during World War II.

Mardi Gras would not return to the Island until developer and philanthropist George Mitchell brought the party back in 1985. More than 200,000 came that year and even more the next.

ABC13 was the first station to televise the parade. As the parade continued to grow, so did the coverage. We added a lot more cameras, more lights and moved the production to the Strand area.

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Bring on the beads!

This year's Bollywood-themed parade was bigger and better than ever, featuring 25 colorful floats. Four new floats were constructed for this year's festivities, perfectly designed for all the excitement.

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Music makes the Mardi Gras party

Music brings the party energy and there's no shortage of talented students on the parade route this year. In true Mardi Gras tradition, more than 15 bands filled the streets with the sounds of New Orleans.

Celebrating Mardi Gras Galveston in style

More than just a carnival, Mardi Gras is a fashion spectacle. Revelers celebrate with funky and flashy outfits, matching the vibrant spirit of the festival. Get decked out in sequins and sparkle for the big event, the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade!

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Be a part of the party!

The parade rolled from Seawall Boulevard, down 25th Street to the Strand entertainment district on Feb. 10. Hosts Gina Gaston and Rita Garcia, with Pooja Lodhia, Bob Slovak and Elyse Smith reporting from the parade route covered all the action.

Catch the full show on our 24/7 stream. You can see it anywhere you watch Eyewitness News on TV, like Roku and Fire Stick. Just search "ABC13 Houston" in your app store.


ABC13 is the exclusive television partner of the Knights of Momus Grand Night Parade, sponsored by Landry's Inc.