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Maids of Mirth

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 previous Maids of Mirth parades, click here.

The Maids of Mirth paraded this year on January 30 at 6:30 p.m. The theme of the parade was MOMs Believe, and it included nine floats constructed by Rhonda Odom McCullough.

To see the Mask's HD video of the 2016 parade, click here. And the Mask's slideshow of the 2016 parade is below.