Order of Many Faces Mardi Gras Parade
Brand new in 2016, the Order of Many Faces is a mystic society that's dedicated to the memory of Louis Diemert, Mobile's Man of Many Faces.
At Mardi Gras time from the 1920s until about 1950, Diemert won a number of costume contests, dressing up as well-known characters from Scarlett OHara to Adolf Hitler.
He was famous around town, and people would eagerly await to see just who Diemert was going to portray next.
The founder and president of OOMF is a granddaughter of Diemerts, and at least eight other Diemert descendants are in the group.
Im so super excited, the president said. This is something Ive always wanted to do. My grandfather didnt really get the recognition I thought he should, and this is a way of remembering him as a big part of Mobile Mardi Gras.
One thing that's different about OOMF, the members don't wear masks. Like Diemert himself, they use makeup, wigs, etc. to disguise themselves.