Organized on Aug. 27, 1954, at the home of one of its founding members, the Order of Athena is the only ladies' group that parades in Mobile on Fat Tuesday.
Athena's first parade was held in 1955, and it included three floats depicting the life of the Greek goddess Athena.
These days, the group has a membership of more than 125, and every Mardi Gras morning, they have have the honor of kicking off the city's daylong festivities. Anyone who gets to Church Street extra early that day can see Athena's foot parade to the waiting floats in front of the Civic Center.
To see the Mask's photos and video of previous Order of Athena parades, click here.
This year, of course, OOA paraded on Fat Tuesday, February 28, at 10:30 a.m.
The theme was We Are Family, and the parade included eight floats designed by the group's President and built by Rhonda Odom McCullough.
To see Mobile Mask's HD video of the 2017 parade, click here.
The Mask's exclusive slideshow of the 2017 parade is below:
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