According to the written history of the Mystics of Pleasure, "while overlooking the Marina on Cotton Bayou and watching the sun set on a glorious April evening, a group of men planned what was to become ... Pleasure Island's very first nighttime Mardi Gras parading society."

By Carnival of 2001, the Mystics of Pleasure held its first ball and Mardi Gras parade in Orange Beach. Unlike parading groups to the west, marshals with the Mystics of Pleasure ride Harley-Davidsons, not horses.

The group also sponsors the Thunder Run boating event every year.

This year, the Mystics of Pleasure will parade on February 10 at 6 p.m. The theme will be Half the Fun, Twice the Price.

Expect to see 21 floats, designed by Barth Brothers and built by Patty Keenan and members. Costumes are be Beads by the Dozen in New Orleans.

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