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Feb. 4, Noon, Krewe of Nereids

Nereids, the secret, all-female krewe based in Waveland, has been a part of Mardi Gras for more than half a century.

This year’s parade, with the theme A Stroll Through Mississippi, starts at noon on Feb. 4 and will take its traditional route.

Nereids organized in 1966 when a group of business and professional women gathered at Lynch’s drugstore to discuss ways to attract business to the area.

They decided the community would benefit from a Mardi Gras parade, and as their name they picked Nereids, after the daughters of mythical Queen Doris and the Greek sea god Nereus.

Adhering to New Orleans standards for secrecy, only the king’s name is revealed at the ball, which will be held Saturday. In keeping with the secrecy, Nereids members wear masks as they ride floats.

Nereids has members from across the Coast as well as states such as California, Montana, New Jersey and Florida.