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PARADE INFO
26th Annual Mardi Paws
Parade rolls Sunday,
Mar. 1, 2020 at 2pm

We're moving to
Downtown Covington, LA

COST

Please join our KREWE to help Kids & K9s!

$25 donation for each participating Dog.  Each dog is allowed up to 6 Human escorts. (Addtl. Escorts $10 per person)
Save Time, REGISTER ONLINE (debit/credit cards accepted)
Ask about Parade Sponsorships which include registration costs.

RULES

Escorts ARE NOT ALLOWED to throw Promotional Items for their Business, or advertise their business on floats, unless they are a SPONSOR of the parade. Walker/throw Sponsorships are just $150.  Please remember this is a charity fundraiser put on by volunteers trying to make a difference in their community!

Absolutely NO golf carts, rollerblading, skateboards, bicycles, or motorized floats of any kind are allowed! (they not only spook the dogs but have caused injury to other participants, both people and dogs)

PLEASE NO CHOCOLATE OR CANDY THROWS WHICH COULD HARM DOGS

PARADE SCHEDULE:

  • 12:30 - 2 pm  Same-day Registration Begins at the Farmer's Market Area near Cov. PD
    Pre-Registered Dogs save time in line by picking up your packet that day at the Pre-Reg Dog Area!
  • 2:00 pm  Parade Rolls from START on N. Columbia near Covington Police Department through Downtown Covington and finishes near the Covington Trailhead on New Hampshire. See LOCATION page for details.
  • 3:00 Post-Parade Extravaganza at Covington Trailhead with food, music, sponsor fun and much more!

  • What to expect… If you arrive at the beginning of registration, around 12:30pm, you will have to wait, or at least secure your place in line until the parade starts to roll at 2pm.

    If you arrive at registration nearer to 2pm, you will still have about an hour and a half wait to start parading because of the people in front of you.

    The Bottom Line.... whenever you show up, please be prepared for at least an hour or two wait time- we suggest bringing some snacks, drinks, music, etc. They have a lot of shade in the Farmer's Market area right by line-up area, you can bring lawn chairs, coolers, etc. They will be safe until you return to that area.

    Be prepared with throws! Each year the number of parade watchers grows by leaps and bounds - please consider an extra cart for throws.

IMPORTANT TO KNOW!

  • Animals must be in costume or decorated in some way to participate.
  • Animals must be current on their vaccinations. You do not need to bring proof of vaccinations but by signing waiver on the registration form you are acknowledging that the animal/s are up to date on all shots.
  • Animals must not have vicious tendencies or need to be muzzled (remember this is a family event involving lots of children running around)
  • Animals must be on a leash and must not be "in season."
  • Escorts are encouraged to join in the theme with costumes and floats. Floats can be made out of wagons, yard carts, baby strollers, shopping carts, etc. Consider having Music on Board!
  • Don't forget to have PLENTY OF THROWS!
  • Escorts are deemed "Official Pooper Scoopers" (there will be plenty of bags available at registration and disposal locations for your animal's droppings)
  • There are quite a few water stations for your animal along the route - look for the tinseled signs - but we encourage you to bring along some extra bottles of H2O for your dog on your float!
  • No displays of political, controversial or religious ideals are allowed.
  • To be considered for the Costume Contest, krewe members must costume with regards to the theme.

FAQS

DOG WATERING STATIONS
If you're walking with your dog in the parade, there are watering stations at the beginning, along the route (inside barricades) and near the end of the parade. They are marked by tinseled signs! We highly recommend that you bring a couple bottles of H20 with you as well. If you are watching the parade with your pup, Sponsor booths near the Covington Trailhead may have water bowls for dogs, but you need to be responsible for packing water and poop bags for your pup.

REVIEWING STAND
Don't miss the Fun or Colorful Commentary each year as the parade passes by the Reviewing Stand located near the Columbia Street Tap Room. All the details announced soon.

POLICE & EMERGENCY
Covington Police will be located along the route and easily found at intersections.

PORT-A-LETS
Port-a-lets are scattered out along the parade route including the registration area and parade end near the Covington Trailhead.

EMERGENCY VET SERVICES
MEDVET Medical & Cancer Center For Pets, A 24-hr Specialty & Emergency Hospital will be at their Sponsor Booth located near the Covington Trailhead.


PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTING TO SHOOT THE PARADE?? Personal Use ONLY!
Mardi Paws is unique in that the non-profits have to secure a special event permit from the City of Covington, and it is considered a private fundraising event. Photographers are welcome to shoot the parade, but for their own personal use only. Mardi Paws has event photographers (Official shirts with STAFF) that are responsible for the event and provide photos at no charge for everyone to have and share!

VENDORS WANTING TO SELL GOODS ALONG ROUTE, OR PEOPLE BRINGING DOGS OUT FOR ADOPTION, SALE OR TO GIVE AWAY? ALL ARE PROHIBITED!
Mardi Paws is unique in that the non-profits have to secure a special event permit from the City of Covington which allows them control during the event. It is a private fundraising event. If you wish to pay a fee and become an "Official Vendor" you must contact us before the parade. The police and parade marshals are provided a list of authorized vendors.