The Order of Polka Dots was founded by 20 women in May 1949 and in 1950 was the first ladies' organization to parade in Mobile. According to Mardi Gras historian Emily Hearin, the ladies chose the name (which, for the first year, was written Polkadots) "because they liked the sound of it."
Still a robust and active group, the OOP was a trailblazer for a number of ladies' organizations.
The group's emblem is the Gypsy Queen, and its nine officers represent the nine ancient Greek Muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpischore, Thalia, and Urania.
To read much more about the Polka Dots, see the feature story in this year's Mobile Mask magazine.
To see the Mask's photos and video of the Polka Dots' previous parades, click here.
This year, the Polka Dots paraded in the fog on Thursday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m.
The theme of the parade was Bookworms, and it included 15 floats, designed by Brent Amacker and built by Steve Mussel's Mirth Co.
To see the Mask's HD video of the 2014 parade, click here.
The Mask's slideshow of the parade is below.
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