The Shadow Barons

The Shadow Barons was founded in the summer of 1999 after the idea was put in motion "in the dugout of a men's softball game," according to the group's web site.

The first Shadow Barons parade was held in Daphne in 2002, and since then, the group worked hard to move from float-renting status to an organization that parades with its own floats.

In 2009, The Shadow Barons completed construction of its own 12,000-sqare-foot float barn, and float production went from one in 2010 to three in 2011 to seven in 2012 to a full complement of 10 in 2013.

The group got its name from Louis Guillaume Laland Marie Hiacinthe Arnould, also known as Baron de Feriet. A career officer in Napolean's military in the New World, the baron retired to a large estate in what is now Montrose, in Baldwin County. The group has taken great delight in composing a fictional tale of the ghost of the baron.

This year, The Shadow Barons will parade on March 2 at 6:45 p.m. Their theme will be Party Like It's 1999, a reference to the group's 20th anniversary. Expect 10 floats, most of them built by Patty Keenan and the organization.

To see the Mask's exclusive gallery of photos shot by Miriam Scott Albin of the 2018 Shadow Barons parade, click on the image below: