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.

MOM will parade this year on February 23 at 6:30 p.m. on a new downtown parade route, dubbed Route G. The new route begins and ends at the Infant Mystics new den, Cotton Hall, because that's where the MOMs will hold their ball this year.

The MOMs theme will be a celebration of their anniversary: Cheers to 70 Years! Expect nine floats, designed by the committee and built by Rhonda Odom McCullough.

To see the Mask's exclusive HD video of the 2018 parade, click HERE.

To see the Mask's exclusive gallery of photos from the 2018 parade, click on the image below: