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COSTUME CONTEST

One-of-a-kind FUN trophies!

A Big PAWS UP to Fernanda Cristiani who lends her talents each year to the krewe for this important undertaking - creating our "poop" trophies!  Having attended the Fine Arts Academy in Turin Italy before getting her Masters in Art from UNO, she's taught talented art at Mandeville High School since 2000 and this commission is certainly one of her more challenging ones - lol!​​​​

Do you have what it takes to bring home the coveted "poop" trophy this year?

​Our Costume Contest is FREE TO ENTER, but you and your pup must be costuming around the 2020 theme to be eligible to win the coveted "poop" trophy along with lots of other PAW-some prizes! ComPAWtition is friendly but fierce, so get your saws buzzing!

The Top Ten "BEST IN SHOW" winners truest to the theme bring home the "Big Poop" Trophy and a PAW-some Prize Pack with gifts from many of our sponsors. 

The Ten "Best in Show" RUNNER-UPS bring home the almost-as-coveted "Mini Poop" Trophy and a PAW-some Prize Pack!​​​

Fetch great Prizes in our free Costume Contest included in your registration. ​​
This pup is grinning ear to ear thinking about all the great prizes he can win in our 2020 Costume Contest!

The Top Ten Winners, and the next ten runner-up Best in Shows will not only receive the coveted "poop" trophy designed by local artist Fernanda Cristiani, but lots of other great prizes from our costume contest sponsors.

4 PAWs UP to BarkBox, The New Orleans Saints, Polkadog Bakery, The New Orleans Pelicans, Adventure Pet, Tito's Handmade Vodka for Dog People for their great gifts and their generosity to our non-profits helping Kids and K9s!
 

Congrats to the 2020 Winners!

We want to thank you for your creativity in floats and costuming which made this year's Mardi Paws the most difficult on record! We had eleven judges weigh in with their Top 20 choices, and then we slot every judge’s numbers into a grid and choices are awarded based on the number of points each contestants are given overall. We wanted to take a moment and let you know some of the criteria they use in making their selections. Most importantly is how well the contestant’s costuming/float fits the theme “Beyond All Boundaries: Exploring Sea, Air & Space”.  It doesn't matter if you enter as one person and one dog, or ten people and ten dogs; they are looking for that special combination of uniqueness and creativity when selecting the winners. If things are close, they often go back to the “originality and detail” of the costumes/floats.   Congratulations on making this select group!
Top Ten Best in Show & Ten Runner-ups
Awards of Merit
#2 BB Explores the Sea
#9 Buzz Lightyear
#10 Earth, Moon and Sun
#30 NASA Flight Crew
#36 JEDI
#45 Star Trek
#61 Space Shuttle Challenger crew
#112 Under the Sea
#198 Land Rover
#202 Outer Space

AND THESE GROUPS HAVE WON our BARK WEEK (yes, we celebrate Shark Week, too) PACK:
#60 Baby shark Group
#154 Shark Cage
# Crescent City Vet Shark

#6 TRIPLE FLOAT – SEA, AIR & SPACE
#16/103/135 AREA 985
#35 LIBERTY UNDER THE SEA
#52/123 BARKTIC CIRCLE
#68 EXPLORE RUFFINS’
#76 NORDIC TERRIERS
#84 APOLLO:FURST FEMALE K9s IN SPACE
#101 UP
#157 UNDERSEA WORLD OF BARKUES COUSTEAU
#189 AREA 51
#25 Space Force
#53 Mermaid Security
#62 Marvin & the Martians
#116/150 Star Wars
#132 Beyond All Boundaries Time Machine
#136 BARK on the High Seas
#148 Jax-onaut
#161 Blue Angels
#162 Mardi Paws Treasure
#173 Merm-dogs

2020 Costume Contest Winners

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WANT TO WIN? COSTUME to fit the theme!

The theme of the 2020 parade is Beyond All Boundaries: Exploring Sea, Air & Space...​​​​​
Celebrating the limitless exploration both above and below. ​​
Is your pooch more of a Sub-WOOFER or PUG-marine? Or does your Pup prefer air travel in planes, blimps or hot-air balloons? Outer space bound to the Moon or Mars? We can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with! 

Need to recycle costumes, Saints or LSU Fan all THE way? No Problem, ANY costumes are welcome!​

COSTUME FITS WITH THE THEME
COSTUME DOESN'T FIT THEME!

2020 Costume Contest Rules

1. No group is too large or too small to participate - but you must be a "paid" parade participant.

2. Everyone who wants to participate in the costume contest MUST BE RESPONSIBLE FOR STOPPING AT THE PARADE STARTING LINE TO HAVE THEIR PHOTO TAKEN. This area will have a volunteer present and will be clearly marked. We want to make sure you are aware your photo needs to be snapped, as sometimes a photographer may overlook someone. We use photos post-parade as part of the judging procedure!

3. Your Race Number must be clearly visible at all points in the parade to be considered.

4. The first phase of judging will take place at the Reviewing Stand by the judges. But don't worry, everyone's photograph will be reviewed and judged later also. If you don't see your photos on Facebook when the Costume Contest Participants are posted, please send us a photo of your group to be included!
5. WINNERS ARE NOT BE ANNOUNCED AT THE PARADE! You do not need to stay around or make it to the parade's end to win. All winners will be notified no later than one week after the parade, and their names/numbers will be posted on-line also.

6. Pick up your trophy and prizes at our Post-parade PAWTY usually held the second Saturday after the parade! Everyone is welcome, and location details will be announced nearer the parade. Winners do not have to attend our Post-parade party to receive their prize, but it is preferable.

7. Ian Somerhalder Foundation & Scott's Wish volunteers are excluded from the contest.

8. We have a professional panel of 10-12 celebrity judges who will be weighing in on the contestants!

GOOD LUCK!
Ruth BARK-er Ginsburg weighs in on the judging
We have ten to twelve judges that weigh in after the parade after they have reviewed all the costume contest parade photos posted on-line.

We slot every judge’s top 20 choices (parade numbers) into a grid and winners are chosen based on the number of points each contestant/s are given overall.

We wanted to take a moment and let you know some of the criteria they use in making their selections. Most importantly is how well the contestant’s costuming/float fits the theme.

In addition, they are looking for creativity when it comes to selecting an idea. One thing that can hurt an entrant is if there are too many similar ideas. Often you won’t stand out when there are so many to choose from and costumes and floats start looking alike or having the same appeal. 

It doesn't matter if you enter as one person and one dog, or ten people and ten dogs; they are looking for that special combination of uniqueness and creativity when selecting the winners. If things are close, they often go back to the originality and detail of the costumes and floats.
2019 Winners
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