Mardi Gras Dog Parades That Help Animals in Need

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.

Photo: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, Bossier City, Louisiana

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!

California

Doggie Gras
Embarcadero Marina Park North in San Diego
March 3, 2019

Taking steps toward a better tomorrow with every step they take, runners will pound the pavement in a 5K prior to a presentation of promenading pups decked out in purple, green and gold for the pet parade. Their effort might earn them the Best Dressed Pet or Best Doggie Gras float prize! Proceeds benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center Adoptions Department.

Florida

Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade
Riverfront Park, Apalachiola
February 23, 2019

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 (which this year will be celebrated with a “Furry Tails Do Come True! theme) 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 Forgotten Coast of Florida’s animals in need.

Mardi Gras on Main Street Dog Parade
Woodland Boulevard, DeLand
March 2, 2019

Presented by the Krewe of Amalee, the Superhero Pups on Main Street party will help to save the day by raising funds for the arts, families in need and humane pet centers.

Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The Village of Baytowne Wharf
March 3, 2019

At this “Bone Appetit”-themed bash, partying pups will be pulled in festooned mini-floats, golf carts and wagons as their people toss throws to a canine-loving crowd.

Louisiana

Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade
Parade starts at the 100 block of Commerce Street, Monroe
February 16, 2019

Step right up and watch as costume-clad canine circus performers wow the crowd during an “Under the Big Top”-themed parade! 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
February 17, 2019

Raising funds for the Capital Animal Welfare Society’s spay/neuter program, reveling Rovers will bring back the Roaring 20s during a 20th anniversary celebration of the 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 of Paws at Mardi Gras New Orleans
Parade lines up on Ciruti Street, Slidell
February 23, 2019

Costume-clad canines can enjoy a tribute to Carnival and help a paws case in the process, raising people’s spirits while raising funds for several area animal assistance groups.

Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Downtown Lafayette
February 23, 2019

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.

Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade
Reeves Marine at 2000 Marine Drive, Bossier City
February 24, 2019

Cosplay-loving canines are invited to step out in Victoria-inspired style at a celebration of Steampunk sub-culture that helps the are’a homeless, abused and abandoned companion animals. An estimated crowd of 10,000 will cheer on the promenade of pups, which marks its 20th anniversary in 2019.

Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Parade starts at Armstrong Park, New Orleans
February 24, 2019

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.

The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
140 Jackson Avenue, Mandeville
March 10, 2019

Reveling Rovers in the 2019 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 “SuperPaws Bark a Con,” a celebration of comic book culture!

Missouri

Beggin’ Pet Parade
12th and Allen, Soulard, St. Louis
February 24, 2019

Billed as the world’s largest costumed pet parade, party animals will promenade for a paws cause, with each registration 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.

Texas

Krewe of Barkus Dog Parade
Huntsville
March 2, 2019

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
March 3, 2019

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 help to create a better reality for companion animals in need as they tap into their inner Kardashian or Real Housewife and promenade in a parade themed “Canines are Keeping It Real–A Barkus Salute to Reality TV.” 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!

 

Photo Credit: Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras

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