The Shadow Barons was founded in the summer of 1999 after the idea was put in motion "in the dugout of a men's softball game," according to the group's web site.
The first Shadow Barons parade was held in Daphne in 2002, and since then, the group has been working hard to move from float-renting status to an organization that parades with its own floats.
In 2009, The Shadow Barons completed construction of its own 12,000-sqare-foot float barn, and float production has gone from one in 2010 to three in 2011 to seven in 2012 to a full complement of 10 this year.
The group got its name from Louis Guillaume Laland Marie Hiacinthe Arnould, also known as Baron de Feriet. A career officer in Napolean's military in the New World, the baron retired to a large estate in what is now Montrose, in Baldwin County. The group has taken great delight in composing a fictional tale of the ghost of the baron.
To see the Mask's photos and video of previous Shadow Barons parades, click here.
This year, The Shadow Barons rolled on February 25 at 6:45 p.m.
The theme was Whatever Floats Your Boat. The parade included 10 floats, designed and built by Patty Keenan and the group.
The Mask's exclusive slideshow of the 2017 parade, by photographer Miriam Albin, is below:
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