- First parading in their 1994 Mandeville Mardi Paws Celebration as "The Krewe of Bocage" in a trendy subdivision, the celebration moved to the Mandeville Lakefront in 1999 and became known simply as "The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws." The move facilitated the change for the celebration to become a fund-raiser for local non-profits Have a Heart thru Art, Scott's Wish and St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Group. The parade has always benefited non-profits helping Kids & K-9's in the community and in recent years have focused on the Ian Somerhalder Foundation & Scott's Wish.
- Wanting to uphold the traditions of the old-line krewes, The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws remains cloaked in secrecy. It is not unheard of for a Krewe member to be expelled for divulging secrets, such as the identity of the Captains or Officers.
- The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws' colors are as Rexs', purple, green and gold.
- Throws include commemorative Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws cups, doubloons, rubber dog poops, and an assortment of beads and stuffed animals (primarily cats!).
- Present Canine Royalty and Officers throw special, RARE, gold dog poops, sometimes presented in a silver chalice or on a strand of freshwater pearls!
- Past Canine Royalty throw purple dog poops, and the commemorative trinkets from the year they reigned.
- A prominent society figure is always chosen as King.
- The Queen is chosen not only for her pedigree and bloodline, but her philanthropic contributions to the community she calls home (It also doesn't hurt if she is a celebrity or media connected!).
- The coronation is officiated at the "Hair of the Dog Party" held at the reviewing stand during the culmination of the parade. This lavish spectacle "en-tails" a toast in Waterdog crystal flutes and the traditional dog bowl bearing gourmet doggie delights.
- The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws adopted the motto of the School of Design, Pro Bono Publico-
"For the public good."
- After attending the wonderful Krewe of Barkus in 1994, neighborhood friends Denise Gutnisky and Donna Beakley used this as their model to start their Northshore Krewe. The parade was created to extend membership outside of New Orleans to a select group of highly successful canines chosen from across the whole of the parish.
- Our Claim to Fame... Times Picayune Columnist Sheila Stroup, an avid dog and kid lover (in that order) put us on the chart twenty five years ago when her dog Sunny reigned as our first official
Mardi Paws King!
- Our PR Coup... Arthur Hardy, noted carnival historian, gives us credit for being the only krewe to parade after carnival to avoid any comPAWtition!
The Original Parade Organizers!
Glittered Poops are as sought-after
as a Zulu coconut or Muses' Shoe!
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