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Order of Mystic Magnolias

In April 1993, a group of women met at Gambino's Restaurant in Fairhope and created the Order of Mystic Magnolias, according to the group's history. With a lot of hard work and help from other organizations, the OOMM was able to hold a parade in 1994.

Unlike most ladies' groups, the Mystic Magnolias have female marshals on horseback.

The group has grown to more than 300 members, and most of those founding members still ride in the parade. The OOMM owns its floats, which is a feat for such a young organization.

To see the Mask's photos of previous OOMM parades, click here.

The Order of Mystic Magnolias will parade this year on Lundi Gras, February 27 at 6:45 p.m.

The theme will be Hometown Throwdown, and the parade will include 10 floats designed by the President and the Board and built by Royal Artists out of New Orleans.