Order of Polka Dots

The Order of Polka Dots was founded by 20 women in May 1949 and in 1950 was the first ladies' organization to parade in Mobile. According to Mardi Gras historian Emily Hearin, the ladies chose the name (which, for the first year, was written Polkadots) "because they liked the sound of it."

Still a robust and active group, the OOP was a trailblazer for a number of ladies' organizations.

The group's emblem is the Gypsy Queen, and its nine officers represent the nine ancient Greek Muses: Calliope, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Melpomene, Polyhymnia, Terpischore, Thalia, and Urania.

OOP rolled on February 1 at 6:30 p.m. Their theme was 2 Much Fun, and the parade included 15 floats, designed by Brent Amacker and built by Steve Mussell's Mirth Company.

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

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