Mobile, Alabama is home to America's oldest Mardi Gras celebration, founded in 1703. What makes it truly unique, however, isn't its longevity but, rather, its composition, as the city's celebration is, in fact, two celebrations: one for Caucasians, and one for African-Americans. An overt vestige of the South's legacy of segregation, these dual Mardi Gras festivities provide a stark view of the intractability of racial prejudice. Yet Margaret Brown's The Order of Myths is less a vitriolic critique than a considerate, despairing depiction of the intractable sway exerted by long-held, unpleasant traditions. And unpleasant they most certainly are, having crept into the very fabric of Mobile life to an extent that, in most cases, neither African-Americans nor Caucasians are willing to wholly decry this separate-but-equal arrangement, content to chalk it up to the accepted, and acceptable, way things are. Accepted it unquestionably is. But as Brown's shrewd doc makes clear through tight editorial juxtapositions, telling snapshots, and refusal to belittle or disparage her sometimes-repugnant subjects, acceptable it most certainly is not.