Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun, fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth.
Shriners International is open to men of integrity from all walks of life.
Today, there are approximately 310,000 Shriners belonging to temples (chapters) in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Philippines, Germany, Puerto Rico and the Republic of Panama.
Shriners International is the fraternity that founded and continues to support Shriners Hospitals for Children â. The hospitals provide pediatric specialty care to children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate. All care and services are provided regardless of the patients’ ability to pay.
Mecca Shriners was the fraternity’s first temple (chapter) founded in New York City in 1872.
The fraternity’s unique theme comes from founders Billy Florence, an actor, and Walter Fleming, a physician. They wanted the fraternity to have a vibrant backdrop. Florence conceived the near Eastern theme after an Arabian party he attended in France.
The red fez is one of the fraternity’s most distinctive symbols. It derives its name from the place where it was first manufactured, Fez, Morocco. The fez was chosen as part of the Shriners’ near Eastern theme, which is the basis for the color and pageantry of the organization’s events.
Famous Shriners include Gerald Ford, Arnold Palmer, Brad Paisley, Eugene "Buzz" Aldrin, Jr., John Wayne and Sam Hornish, Jr.
Shriners received mini-Corvettes in the early 1970s when GMC manufactured them to promote the Stingray Corvette. They began using them in parades and competitions to bring attention to their charitable works.
Temples (chapter) have units such as Shriner clowns, motor corp. Flying Fez and so many more, hundreds of them are normally present at the Shriners Parades.