"Mardi Paws gets Doggone Wet" in Mandeville, it's Pawdi Gras too
Don Ames Reporting
If you're still suffering a bit of a Carnival hangover, now that Mardi Gras has passed, how about a little "hair of the dog"?
Now that the humans have concluded their Carnival, it's time for the canines to cavort.
The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws presents their walking parade this Sunday at 2 o'clock on the lakefront in Mandeville.
The theme of this year's parade is "Mardi Paws gets Doggone Wet".
"Lots of dogs and their companions in costumes, dressed as mermaids and lifeguards...that sort of a thing," says Krewe Captain and Co-founder, Denise Gutnisky.
A limited number of special beads will be unleashed.
"The royal 'hairs' throw the signature golden dog droppings, and the regular krewe members have the regular brown stuff," says Gutnisky.
"It takes a while to produce those golden ones," she says. "The other throws are just regular brown dog droppings. They feel good to the touch, but the color isn't the best."
"The gold, glittery ones are just beautiful. That's something to put on your mantle."
"We also have a huge selection of cats that we throw," Gutnisky says. "Being a dog parade, we like to throw stuffed animals and they're generally cats."
The pooch parade, which annually comes at the tail end of the Carnival season, will paw its way along the Mandeville Lakefront promptly at 2:00 p.m. and wag its way west to the Gazebo on Lakeshore Drive and Lafitte Street.
The celebrity Grand Marshal of the 19th annual parade is Tia Maria Torres, of the Animal Planets' reality show "Pit Bulls and Parolees.'
The Reviewing Stand is near the Gazebo at the end of Lafitte Street. This is where the coronation will be officiated, and the ceremonial toast with Red Dog Beer occurs.
A Post-Parade Extravaganza will take place on the Lakefront at the parade's end featuring food, fun, music and booths.
You can register your dog, right up until parade time at the Mandeville Harbor and compete for a number of great prizes, including the coveted 'poop' trophy by local artist Ted Pullig of Zorro's FUNzone in Mandeville.
The registration fee is $15 per dog, with a group discount of $45 for 3 or more dogs - but they must be from the same household.
The event supports three of the Northshore's leading non-profits aimed toward helping children and animals alike - Scott's Wish, Have a Heart thruArt, and The St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program.