Mardi Gras is just around the corner! In cities across the US, pet parents can bring a bit of The Big Easy to their buddies that bark by celebrating the holiday at one of the many dog-friendly Mardi Gras festivals that will offer visitors a virtual gumbo of frivolity mixed with philanthropy.
Following are a few of the fetes where you and your four-legged party animal can let the good times roll and do a good deed for dogs and cats in need in the process. If there’s a Mardi Gras pet parade for a paws cause not listed, let us know in the comment section below!
Rancho Santa Fe Farmer’s Market, 16079 San Dieguito Road, Rancho Santa Fe
Pups and their pals will get decked out in purple, green and gold for the pet parade, and their effort might earn them the Best Dressed Pet or Best Doggie Gras float prize! Proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department.
Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade
Riverfront Park, Apalachiola
Knowing that dogs rule, shelter pups are always chosen King and Queen of The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers’ annual parade. Along with promenading pooches in festive apparel, the day of play will also include tunes from local bands, dog agility demonstrations and vendor booths brimming with pet-related souvenirs. A happening with heart, the parade will benefit the Franklin County Animal shelter and the Apalachicola Dog Park.
Mardi Gras on Main Street Dog Parade
Woodland Boulevard, DeLand
Bringing a touch of Tinseltown to the pre-Fat Tuesday event, dogs will step out like the stars they are for a “Hollywood Hounds”-themed parade presented by the Krewe of Amalee.
Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
Partying pups will be pulled in festooned mini-floats, golf carts and wagons as their people toss throws to a canine-loving crowd.
The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
140 Jackson Avenue, Mandeville
Reveling Rovers in the 2018 Mardi Paws parade will raise people’s spirits as they raise funds for The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which was established by the Louisiana-born star of The Vampire Diaries to aid the environment and animals in need. This year pups will promenade in fashions that fit the theme “Fables, Fairy Tales, and Nursery Rhymes.”
Krewe of Paws at Mardi Gras New Orleans
Parade lines up on Ciruti Street, Slidell
Costume-clad canines can enjoy a tribute to Carnival and help a paws case in the process as they raise people’s spirits while raising funds for several area animal assistance groups.
Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade
Old Reeves Marine by CenturyLink Center, Shreveport
A distance of 280 miles separates Shreveport from New Orleans, but spectators will feel as through they’ve taken a trip to The Big Easy when a line of fashion forward Fidos file past. Dressed to the K-9s for a paws cause, cavorting canines will help the mission of the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, an all-volunteer non-profit formed in 1999 to help homeless animals in a variety of ways, such as its its spay/neuter program.
Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade
Parade starts at the 100 block of Commerce Street, Monroe
Tail-waggers can tap into their inner Valley Grrrl or Marty McFido at a Mardi Gras get together that will, like, totally be a tribute to the 80s. The annual fundraising event for PAWS of NE Louisiana will also include children’s games and vendor booths.
CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade
Along North Boulevard and Convention Street, Baton Rouge
Raising funds for the Capital Animal Welfare Society’s spay/neuter program, partying pups will celebrate the planet’s pooches with a Paws Around the world-themed Mardi Gras parade. The day of play will also include Bark in the Park complete with demonstrations, activities and shopping opportunities; a costume and float contest and an after pawty at the Raising Cane eatery, with the restaurant donating 15% of sales to CAAWS when a patron mentions the non-profit at the register on the day of the parade.
Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Festive Fidos will file down the street in style during this annual demonstration of dogged devotion to Mardi Gras which helps the non-profit Krewe des Chiens aid animal assistance organizations in the Acadiana area throughout the year. Since the parade’s first procession of paws the yearly event has helped to put dogs and cats in need on the road to a better tomorrow by raising over $400,000.
Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Parade starts at Armstrong Park, New Orleans
“Winter is coming,” and so is the Mystic Krewe of Barkus’ Game of Bones-themed parade for pups and their people! New Orleans’ only salute to Spots includes the promenade of apparel-wearing pooches followed by a Pawty in the Park complete with live entertainment, cash bars, food, and more, all to raise funds for various animal welfare charities.
Beggin’ Pet Parade
12th and Allen, Soulard, St. Louis
Billed as the world’s largest costumed pet parade, party animals will promenade for a paws cause, with each $10 fee to participate donated to Open Door Animal Sanctuary. The most fashion forward Fidos will be chosen to be members of the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and can attend the Coronation Pageant to witness the crowning of the day’s top dogs, the King and Queen of Barkus.
Lustre Pearl East, 114 Linden Street, Austin
Dogs decked out in disco duds will put on their boogie shoes and strut like Tony Rovermero at the “Saturday Bark Fever”-themed Mardi Paws parade. The cool cats getting down will raise funds for Cutie PiTooties Pit Bull Rescue and Austin Dog Rescue, two non-profits which provided a new leash on life for the parade’s king and queen, Sebastian and Lil’ Kim.
Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade
Part of an annual Mardi Gras Grand Parade benefiting Blount Hospitality House, the proceeds from past dog parades have been donated to A New Leash on Life, and attendees have had the chance to meet adorable adoptables who would love to “let the good times roll” in a home to call their own.
Krewe of Barkus Parade
Historic Downtown McKinney
Join a throng 4,500 strong at a Mardi Gras gathering influenced by the philanthropic Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which tosses a lifeline top abandoned animals as its human participants tosses throws to the canine-loving crowd. This year dogs will promenade in a celebration of the planet called “The Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World- Celebrating Countries and Cultures Across the Globe.” As an array of adorable adoptables from area rescues will be on hand, potential pet parents will get the chance to change a dog’s world for the better by welcoming a pup into their world!