2017 Parade Info: Parade Rolls Sun. March 5th at 2 pm!
Planning to walk with your dog?
Here's all the "poop" you need to know...
Just planning to come out and watch the parade?
Ways you can help support the parade....
Please remember that our "Super Krewe for K-9s" is a fun-filled carnival favorite which serves as a fundraiser for non-profits in the area focused on improving our community and helping kids and K-9s. The parade benefits the Ian Somerhalder Foundation; Scott's Wish (aiding people with leukemia and other devastating illnesses), and the St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Group (providing low cost spay/neutering service for rescues and low-income households). Mardi Paws is truly a “Parade with a Purpose!”
Please consider joining the krewe for just $15 even if you aren't planning to walk, just log on and pre-register and click off the "not marching, just supporting" box. Or, make a small donation to the cause.
Come Hungry and Support the Concession Stands along the route!
Scott's Wish & Spay & Neuter Concession Stand
will be located just East of RIP's on the Lakefront -
very near intersection of Marigny/Lakeshore Drive.
They'll be serving Rob's Rockin' Dogs, PBJ Sandwiches for Kids, bread pudding and asst. baked goods, water and soft drinks! Plus, don't forget Bop's Snoballs!
Scott's Wish and Ian Somerhalder Foundation
Sponsored by NOLA Lending - A Division of Fidelity Bank,
they'll have Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Soft Drinks, Water and more!
If you're packing your own picnic,
stop by one of the Concession Stands and
please make a small Donation!
Each Booth has a donation box -
any amount is greatly appreciated!
Best access for registration and parade line-up:
Take Jackson Avenue South off of Hwy 190 (Florida Street). If you're coming from the east (Slidell), you'll take a left onto Jackson. If you're coming from the west, you'll take a right onto Jackson (4 streets after the traffic light at Girod Street). Go down Jackson Avenue almost one mile south toward the lake and park near harbor area where registration occurs.
GPS address: Pontchartrain Yacht Club – 140 Jackson Ave, Mandeville, LA 70448
Best access for parade viewing:
Take Girod Street South off of Hwy 190 (Florida Street). Go almost one mile South to lake. Depending on when you arrive, you may have to turn to the right because the road will be closed (east) for the parade. Parking is available on all side streets in Old Mandeville.
Best viewing is three blocks to the left (east) of Girod Street
How to get to Old Mandeville:
From the Southshore-
1. Take Causeway Bridge North to Mandeville.
2. Stay in right lane when coming off the bridge, and continue in right lane heading onto the East Causeway Approach. Do not go up onto overpass, heading North!
3. Once you're on East Causeway Approach, take a right at the first traffic light (Monroe Street).
4. Go east on Monroe Street until you reach Lafitte Street or the next street, Girod, and take either street right. You will be a few blocks away from the lakefront and Lakeshore Drive.
From Slidell or Hammond-
1. Take 1-12 east or west to the LA 59 exit, Exit Number 65.
2. Go approx 2.9 miles south on LA 59, where it becomes LA 59/Girod Street.
3. Continue South on Girod Street approx one mile and you will reach the Lakefront.
RULES & REGULATIONS:
•Animals must be in costume (or extremely decorated with beads, feathers, etc.) 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 animals 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.
•Escorts are strongly encouraged 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 signs - but please try to bring along a bottle or two for your dog on your float!
•Absolutely NO golf carts, rollerblading, 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
•Escorts ARE NOT ALLOWED to throw Promotional Items for their business unless they are a sponsor of the parade. Please remember this is a charity fundraiser!!
For more information on the rules and regulations
e-mail us at DeniseG1@bellsouth.net or call (985) 892-0060
The parade rolls promptly at 2pm from Jackson Avenue (by the harbor) westward... we start out parading on Lakeshore Drive, and then go off the street onto the bike path near Girod Street. The parade continues on the bike path then down onto Lakeshore where it ends
The route is barricaded (with some gaps) helping to alleviate congestion! Route is less than a mile & takes about 30 mins to walk.
PRE- REGISTER ON-LINE before the parade - Go to bottom of page for details!
SAME-DAY Parade Registration at Mand. Harbor starts at 12:30pm & closes at 2pm
Frequently Asked Questions...
Watering Stations for Dogs:
If you're walking with your dog in the parade, there are watering stations at the beginning, along the route (inside barricades) and at the end of the parade near the Spay and Neuter Group's Concession Stand. They are marked by tinseled signs! We highly recommend that you bring a couple bottles of H20 just in case.
If you're watching the parade with your dog, there are watering stations at both concession stands (Scott's Wish?Spay & Neuter just East of RIP's, and Scott's Wish/ISF at Girod/Lakeshore Drive.
It is recommended to bring along a bottle or two of water for you pup!
Reviewing Stand (NEW LOCATION) & Post-Parade Extravaganza!
Located near intersection of Lamarque St and Lakeshore Drive.
Look for tall poles along the route marking the "DOG SHOW" and "PETTING ZOO" Areas
Port-a-lets: at beginning, mid-way, end of route
Police/Emergency Services: at street intersections
The Mandeville Police will be located along the parade route and easily found at street intersections.
Emergency Veterinary Services: Girod St / Lakeshore Dr.
MEDVET Medical & Cancer Center For Pets, A 24-hr Specialty & Emergency Hospital will be at their Sponsor Booth
PHOTOGRAPHERS WANTING TO SHOOT THE PARADE?? Personal Use ONLY!
Mardi Paws is unique in that the non-profits actually have to secure a special event permit from the City of Mandeville which allows them control and responsibility of the Mandeville Lakefront during the event. It is a private fundraising event. Photographers are welcome to shoot the parade but only for their own personal use. Mardi Paws has event photographers (Official shirts with STAFF) that are responsible for the event and provide at no charge photos for everyone to use and share!
Vendors wanting to come out and sell goods, or people bringing dogs out for adoption or sale? Both are prohibited!
Mardi Paws is unique in that the non-profits actually have to secure a special event permit from the City of Mandeville which allows them control and responsibility of the Mandeville Lakefront 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 are provided a list of authorized vendors and others will be asked to leave the lakefront. It is against the City of Mandeville's policy for people to bring out dogs for sale and adoption at the event.
©MARDI PAWS is a registered trademark and may not be used without permission.
What's the cost to Register your Pooch?
until midnight, Saturday, March 4th!
$30 donation for 2 dogs if you Pre-Register
(must be from the same household) REGISTRATION FORM TO BRING WITH YOU
* *there is NO charge for any escorts accompanying the dogs