Brand new last year, the Order of Many Faces is a mystic society that's dedicated to the memory of Louis Diemert, Mobile's Man of Many Faces.
At Mardi Gras time from the 1920s until about 1950, Diemert won a number of costume contests, dressing up as well-known characters from Scarlett O’Hara to Adolf Hitler.
He was famous around town, and people would eagerly await to see just who Diemert was going to portray next.
The founder and president of OOMF is a granddaughter of Diemert’s, and at least eight other Diemert descendants are in the group.
“I’m so super excited,” the president said. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do. My grandfather didn’t really get the recognition I thought he should, and this is a way of remembering him as a big part of Mobile Mardi Gras.”
OOMF's second-ever parade was February 20, after the Order of Venus, which started at 6:30 p.m. The theme was Blast From the Past, and the parade included six floats, rented from the Pharaohs. Riders costumed, but like Diemert, they did not wear masks. Instead, like Diemert, they disguised themselves with makeup, wigs, and other props.
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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