The Order of Butterfly Maidens was formed in 2000 by a small group of ladies who had been members of other parading groups.
The idea was to form a parading organization that would stay fairly small, so all of the members would truly get to know one another. Some groups are so large that some members don't even recognize each other.
The OOBM paraded for the first time in 2003, and the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary during its parade of 2011.
The group currently holds its ball at the Fort Whiting Armory, and the emblem, Madame Butterfly, wears a ball gown and beautiful butterfly wings.
To see the Mask's photos and video of previous Butterfly Maidens parades, click here.
The Butterfly Maidens paraded this year on February
18, between the Maids of Mirth and the Krewe of Marry Mates, which all started at 6:30 p.m.
Their theme was Butterfly Couture Around the World, and the parade included four floats rented from the Conde Cavaliers. Barbara Roberts was the grand marshal.
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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