Neptune's Daughters grew from a charter membership of 21 to more than 300 members in less than two decades.

The group's emblem is a mermaid, and its logo depicts Neptune flanked by three mermaids. The Neptune's Daughters colors are teal, white, and green.

According to Mardi Gras historian Emily Hearin, a meeting was held in June 1995 "for a few select friends to gauge interest in starting a ladies' parading organization. The first gathering took place in the community room of a local department store on a hot Sunday afternoon."

Before the meeting was over, those who gathered had written checks for their dues, and the organization was formed. The first ball was held in 1996, and the first parade was in 1997.

This year, Neptune's Daughters will parade on February 24 at 6:30 p.m. Their theme will be Oh, the Places a Mermaid Will Go! The parade will include 13 floats designed and built by The Royal Artists. This is the group's second parade using The Royal Artists. It will be interesting to see if any changes have been made to the group's two permanent floats, which looked untouched last year.

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:

 Neptune's Daughters