The Order of Angels is a different kind of parading group. Two women, who were members of a different organization, were sitting at the kitchen table talking about what they did and did not like about Mardi Gras. "We love to ride," one of the women explained, "but the balls and the partying was not our cup of tea."
So they started their own organization in 2002 in order to parade, but they hold a reception, not a ball, for each member plus one guest only. Alcohol is not banned at the reception, but it's not provided.
Any money left over from dues is donated to charity, and every member is required to take part in at least two charity functions a year. Sometimes the Angels perform charity work as a group.
To see the Mask's photos and video of previous Order of Angels parades, click here.
This year, the Angels paraded on February 25 in a procession that included the Floral Parade, the Knights of Mobile, and the Mobile Mystical Ladies. It all started at noon.
The Angels' theme was It Was 1980-Something, and the parade included six floats rented from Neptune's Daughters and a new mini emblem float.
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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