The brothers of the Mighty Iota Phi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Inc. held their annual Mardi Gras celebration. It was held at the August Wilson Center. Omegas generally celebrate a Mardi Gras after the actual Mardi Gras in New Orleans as an homage to the festival. Celebrations have been known to carryon until Easter.
This was a sold out event. The venue was filled with wall-to-wall Omega men and their consorts. The annual event kicks off the start of the spring season and serves not only as an amazing event for all of Pittsburgh to enjoy, but also as a fund raiser to help support such initiatives as the talent hunt competition and their scholarship fund.
The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. was founded November 17, 1911 on the campus of Howard University located in Washington, D.C. by Edgar Amos Love, Oscar James Cooper Frank Coleman, and Ernest Everett Just. It is the first international fraternal organization founded on the campus of a historically black college. The name Omega Psi Phi was derived from the initials of the Greek phrase meaning, “friendship is essential to the soul.” That phrase was selected as the motto. No one fellowships like an Omega man and you know what happens when good friends get together.