Formed in 2003, the MLK Monday Mystics was a coming together of four historically black social and civic groups that had one goal in mind: to bring Mardi Gras back to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, "like it used to be," said one of the founders.
The first parade was held in 2004, and it included seven floats. In subsequent parades, the float count went to nine, then 11, then 15, then up to 20.
The MLK Monday Mystics' motto is "Back in stride down the avenue," and it includes a number of smaller groups, such as the Monday Nighters Sports Club Incorporated, the Down the Bay Boys, the Insatiable Ladies, and the Progressive Black Firefighters.
To see the Mask's photos of previous MLK Monday Mystics parades, click here.
This year's MLK Monday Mystics parade was held on Lundi Gras, February 27, right behind the MLK Business and Civic Organization's parade, which started at 3 p.m.
This year's theme was Southern Flavor Rolling Down MLK Avenue. The parade included about 25 floats.
The Mask's exclusive slideshow of the 2017 parade is below:
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