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Mystics of Time

One of Mobile's most popular parades, the Mystics of Time, comes out on the Saturday before Mardi Gras and unleashes smoke-breathing dragons on the streets of the city.

The MOT formed in 1948 and first paraded the next year. As the story goes, a group of friends, while playing their regular poker game, started discussing forming a new Mardi Gras group. One day, in the old Azalea Grill, that group bumped into a group of men who were members of another parading organization but were disenchanted with that organization. Together, they formed the MOT.

To see the Mask's photos and video of previous MOT parades, click here.

This year, the Mystics of Time paraded on February 25 at 6 p.m.

The theme was 1969: The Age of Aquarius, and the parade included 19 floats built by Royal Artists out of New Orleans.

To see Mobile Mask's HD video of the 2017 parade, click here.

The Mask's exclusive slideshow of the 2017 parade is below: