Momus and Mardi Gras

Inspired by the god, the “Knights of Momus” (“Kom”) was the name of a Mardi Gras social order in Galveston, Texas, established in 1871. The definitive Knights of Momus went ancient around the time of World War Ii. Another assembly was established in the mid-1980s, and trying to rekindle the spirit of the first ever assembly, received the Momus name. 

“The Knights of Momus” is additionally the name of the third-eldest New Orleans Mardi Gras krewe, established in 1872. Unlike the Galveston Momus conglomeration, the New Orleans cycle of the Knights of Momus has worked constantly since its establishing, and remains correct to its roots as a mystery social order.

For in excess of 100 years, the Momus parade was an apparatus of the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade plan, parading yearly on the Thursday before Fat Tuesday. Since Momus was the Greek divine force of joke, the subjects of Momus parades ordinarily paid praise to the conglomeration’s namesake with disrespectful funniness and gnawing parody. The 1877 parade topic, “Hades, A Dream of Momus,” made a mayhem when it focused on the Reconstruction government created in New Orleans after the Civil War. Endeavors at retaliation by nearby powers were extensively unsuccessful because of the mystery of the participation.

In 1991, the New Orleans City Council passed a law that needed social conglomerations, incorporating Mardi Gras Krewes, to guarantee openly that they didn’t separate on the premise of race, religion, sexual orientation or sexual introduction, so as to get parade grants and other open licensure. Basically, the law needed these, and other, private social assemblies to forsake their conventional code of mystery and recognize their parts for the city’s Human Relations Commission. Momus was one of three memorable krewes (with Comus of 1857 and Proteus of 1882) that withdrew from parading as opposed to recognize their enrollment.

Two elected courts later pronounced that the mandate was an unconstitutional encroachment on First Amendment privileges of free cooperation, and an outlandish interruption on the security of the gatherings subject to the ordinance.[5] The Supreme Court declined to catch the city’s claim from this choice. By and by, the Momus parade never came back to the avenues of New Orleans, in spite of the fact that the assembly still conducts a twelve-month bal masqué on the Thursday before Mardi Gras.



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