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.

Now another parade - Joy of Life - has joined the mix, and the Monday night that's eight days before Mardi Gras is a much more lively slate for OOV to lead off.

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 paraded on February 5 at 6:30 p.m., and they were joined by the first-ever Joy of Life parade. To see more about that group, click HERE. The OOV and Joy of Life floats were interspersed to make one long parade.

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

The Mask's exclusive slideshow of photos from that 2018 parade is below.

 Order of Venus