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The "Aqua Follies" were a water ballet group that were founded in Minneapolis in 1940 by promoter Al Sheehan. The Aqua Follies were divided into two groups the "Aqua Dears" who specialized in swimming and the "Aqua Darlings" that specialized in dancing on stage. In 1950, the Aqua Follies were the main attraction of a festival known as the Seattle Sea Fair. They continued to be festival regulars throughout the 1950's. In 1955, the Aqua Follies began a tour of Detroit as part of an event known as the "Riverama aquacade".