One of Mobile's first two women's parading groups, the Maids of Mirth, first paraded in 1950, just days after the Order of Polka Dots broke the gender barrier. Members of the Maids, however, are quick to point out that their organization incorporated first.
Catherine Cook Haas was called "the guiding hand" of the MOM by Mardi Gras historian Emily Staples Hearin. The name of the group, as the story goes, was chosen from a list of suggestions created by the Dominoes, another ladies' organization.
To see the Mask's photos and video of Maids of Mirth's previous parades, click here.
The Maids of Mirth paraded this year on Saturday, February 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The theme of the parade was "How Sweet It Is," and it included nine floats designed by the Divine Duo and constructed by Rhonda Odom McCullough, with lighting by George Criminale Jr.
To see the Mask's video of the 2013 parade, click here.
And the Mask's slideshow of the 2013 parade is below.
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