Mardi Paws rolled Sun, February 17th, 2013!
Mardi Paws wants to extend a sincere thanks to all of our krewe members for coming out this year for what has to be our biggest and best year yet! The costumes were incredible and everyone showed such originality! We all think our 2013 theme, Mardi Paws Gets DOGGONE Wet, inspired fabulous floats with the Mandeville Lakefront as our backdrop!
Once again, the 501c3s organizing the parade truly appreciate your support and participation! Scott’s Wish aids people suffering from leukemia and other devastating illnesses; Have a Heart thru Art is made up of community leaders who provide access to the arts for underprivileged and disabled children throughout the parish; and The St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program provides low cost spay/neutering services for rescues and low-income households.
We will be posting pictures in the coming days for everyone to download for free and the judges will be hard at work tallying their points. We hope to announce the costume contest winners by the end of the week. We'll post the winners here and on our Facebook Page.
Visit our Costume Contest page for all the great prizes you can win this year in addition to the coveted "poop" trophy by local artist Ted Pullig of Zorro's FUNzone in Mandeville. Who will bring home the coveted trophy this year?
AND THE WINNERS ARE....
Click on the Costume Contest Page
for Winning Contestants!
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For Immediate Release
January 1, 2013
2013 Theme: “Mardi Paws gets DOGGONE Wet!”
Captains of the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws donned their sequined best to announce plans for this year's beloved carnival parade. The announcement was made at the krewe's new den, Zorro’s FUNzone in Old Mandeville. The captains, whose identities are a closely guarded secret in the organization, proclaimed the theme of 2013’s parade as "Mardi Paws gets DOGGONE Wet!”, and gave credit to the officers for “sniffing” out this fun theme!
An invitation was extended to animal lovers throughout the area to join them in the fun and festivities of the 19th annual Mardi Paws Celebration to be held on the Mandeville Lakefront on Sunday, February 17th, 2013. Noted carnival historian, Arthur Hardy, gives us credit for being the only krewe to parade after Fat Tuesday to avoid any competition!
The Mardi Gras "Walking Parade" features canines and their families in costume. Last year's event proved to be a highlight of the carnival season for adults and children alike. Come out to the Mandeville Lakefront to experience this fun-filled family event!
The parade will roll on the Mandeville Lakefront promptly at 2:00pm with same-day registration taking place at the Mandeville Harbor at 12:30pm.
The krewe will continue to parade on the street, Lakeshore Drive, just as in 2012. The parade will move from the street and on to the bike path via a ramp at Girod Street and finish up at the Gazebo (Lafitte St/Lakeshore Dr.). Once on the bike path, the route will continue to be barricaded for most of the way. These improvements greatly alleviated the congestion of the route, and the lengthy wait in line!
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.
The theme throws this year will include the special, rare, gold dog dropping given out by the royals, the purple dog droppings thrown by past royalty, and this year a limited number of special beads will be unleashed. Stuffed animals (almost always cats), beads, cups and doubloons will also be thrown.
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 parade is a major fundraiser for three local non-profits comprised of all volunteers trying to make a difference in their community: Scott’s Wish aids people suffering from leukemia and other devastating illnesses; Have a Heart thru Art is made up of community leaders who provide access to the “arts” for underprivileged and disabled children throughout the parish; and The St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program provides low cost spay/neutering services for rescues and low-income households.
Registration proceeds benefit Have a Heart thru Art, and multiple food booths along the lakefront benefit Scott’s Wish and the St. Tammany Spay and Neuter Group. Please support them!
Rain date: Sunday, February 24th, 2013
For registration forms, more information or directions, please call Have a Heart thru Art @ 985-892-0060 or
the St. Tammany Tourist Office at 1-800-634-9443.
Check our FB page! We'll be posting Parade Photos in the next few days!
Everyone is invited!
Post-Parade Awards Pawty
Saturday, March 2nd
924 Girod St., Mandeville
Fun, Food & Drinks!
* Casual attire - But Costumes Great!
* Pets are always welcome!
Please RSVP (985)778-2000
Plenty of Pirates on Lake Pontchartrain!