The Red Hat Society


The Red Hat Society is a network of local groups of women, mostly 50+ who get together for fun, wearing red hats and purple outfits.

Barely 10 years old, there are currently over 40,000 chapters in some 50 countries. There are more than 100 chapters in Manitoba alone. Each chapter has 10 to 35 members. Every group is different, and they each arrange their own activities. which may include luncheons, excursions, picnics, tea parties, etc.

The Society also organizes national and regional events.

Winnipeg's Vivacious Violets

When Marguerite retired, she wanted to join the Red Hat Society. Finding that all the local groups were full, she invited a dozen women to her home for a tea party, where they agreed to get red hats and purple outfits, and now her group has 25 members.

They have monthly lunches together, and organize other outings for dinner theatre, picnics, museum visits and short road trips. They have recently started playing the kazoo, the official musical instrument of the Red Hat Society.

Marguerite says that the best things about being a member are all the new friendships and enjoying a fun outing each month.