We used to refer to OOV is one of the newer ladies' groups. But they're almost 20 years old now.

Founded on March 19, 2000, it started with "only a few members," according to the group, but grew quickly.

By OOV's 10th anniversary, it was 168 members strong. These ladies are known as big throwers, sometimes chucking huge stuffed animals.

A few years back, the Order of Venus lost its parading partner, Mobile Mystical Ladies, when that grouped switched to a day parade on the Saturday before Fat Tuesday. OOV was all alone on Monday night until the Order of Many Faces joined them a few years back.

In 2017, OOV debuted the first float they own, a beautiful new emblem float, and others are coming, according to officers in the group.

This year, OOV will parade on February 25 at 6:30 p.m. Their theme will be Venus Superheroes. Expect at least eight floats: their emblem, perhaps a new second permanent float, and the rest rented from the Order of Polka Dots. There may also be some fundraising floats from iHeart Media.

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

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

 Order of Venus