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Order of Polka Dots

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 see the Mask's photos and video of previous Polka Dots parades, click here.

This year, the Polka Dots paraded on January 28 at 6:30 p.m.

The theme was Hats on Parade. It was almost a companion theme to the OOP's 2013 parade, If the Shoe Fits. There were 15 floats, designed by Brent Amacker and built by Steve Mussel's Mirth Co.

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