Louisiana is known for it's Mardi Gras festivities and general jovial attitude. A state that knows how to celebrate doesn't leave dogs out of the mix. From New Orleans to Baton Rouge and elsewhere, Louisiana features dog parades. Encouraging dogs in costume, and sometimes owners too, dog parades in Louisiana are both for fun and to raise funds for some of the state's better known animal rescues and shelters.
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus
One of the most well-known dog parades in Louisiana, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus (barkus.org) parade takes place in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Founding in 1992, Barkus has an annual theme for which dogs and humans dress. Citizens turn out in droves both to participate and admire the well dressed pooch participants. Proceeds benefit various animal charities.
Mystic Krewe of Mutts
Located in Baton Rouge, the Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade is sponsored by the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (caaws.org.) The parade directly benefits their spay/neuter program. Participants, owner and dog alike, dress in themed costume and build floats. The parade awards a best costume and best float prize on an annual basis and participants are encouraged to bring "throws" or prizes for the crowds.
Krewe des Chiens
Another Mardi Gras event, the Krewe des Chiens (paradefordogs.com) takes place in Lafayette, Louisiana. Proceeds benefit various local animal organizations as well as spay/neuter programs. Parade guidelines stipulate all dogs participating must have proof of rabies certification and are encouraged to dress for the annual theme of the parade.
Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade
Not to be outdone by their southern neighbors, North East Louisiana has a Mardi Gras dog parade of their own (pawsnela.com.) Held in West Monroe, the Krewe of Paws parade also sponsors a parade for costumed pups. Dogs can compete in contest by size as well as by artistic design, both of costume and float.
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