Order of Mystic Magnolias

In April 1993, a group of women met at Gambino's Restaurant in Fairhope and created the Order of Mystic Magnolias, according to the group's history. With a lot of hard work and help from other organizations, the OOMM was able to hold a parade in 1994.

Unlike most ladies' groups - in Mobile - the Mystic Magnolias have female marshals on horseback.

The group has grown to more than 300 members, and most of those founding members still ride in the parade. The OOMM owns its floats, which is a feat for such a young organization.

This year, the Magnolias will parade on February 12 at 6:45 p.m. Their theme will be Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. The parade will include 10 floats, designed and built by The Royal Artists. Costumes are by Lori McDuffie.