Parade Info for 2014 - Parade Rolls Sun. March 9th at 2pm!
Planning to walk with your dog?
Here's all the "poop" you need to know...
Just Planning to come out and watch?
Mardi Paws is a fun-filled family event that serves as a Fundraiser for three Northshore non-profits which are 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; and The St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program provides low cost spay/neutering services for rescues and low-income households.
Ways you can help support the parade:
Come Hungry and Support the Concession Stands along the route!
Scott's Wish - Ian Somerhalder Foundation Concession Stand (mid-way along route) is located at the end of Girod St. under a big white tent. They'll be serving pizza pies from McClain's Pizzeria, now open on Girod Street in Old Mandeville. Robyn Somerhalder Balmer, a 1989 MHS Grad, has recently moved back to the area with her husband McClain and brought his family's secret pizza recipe with them. They'll also have soft drinks, water and baked goods.
St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Group's Concession Stand will be located just west of the Gazebo at parade's end in the Post-Parade Extravaganza area. They'll be serving hot dogs, potato salad, bread pudding and asst. baked goods, water and soft drinks
If you're packing your own picnic, stop by one of the Concession Stands and make a small Donation! Each Booth has a donation box - any amount is greatly appreciated!
$15 - Registration Fee per dog
$45 - Family Discount (3+ dogs from same house)
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 or for three blocks to the right(west) on Lakeshore Drive.
The Reviewing Stand is just east of the Lakefront Gazebo at Lakeshore Drive/Lafitte St.
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 and Regulations :
1. Animals must be in costume (or extremely decorated with beads, feathers, etc.) to participate.
2. Animals must have current vaccination status. 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.
3. Animals must not have vicious tendencies or need to be muzzled (remember this is a family event involving children).
4. Animals must be on a leash and must not be "in season."
5. Escorts are encouraged to join in the theme with costumes and floats. Floats can be made out of wagons, baby strollers, shopping carts, etc.
6. Escorts are strongly encouraged to have a ready supply of throws.
7. Escorts are deemed "Official Pooper Scoopers" (there will be plenty of bags available at registration and disposal locations for your animal's droppings).
8. 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!
9. 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).
10. For more information on the rules and regulations 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 until it finishes past the Reviewing stand at the Gazebo (Lafitte St/Lakeshore Dr). The route is barricaded (with some gaps) helping to alleviate congestion! Route is less than a mile & takes about 45 mins to walk.
REGISTER ON-LINE before the parade- Go to bottom of page for details!
SAME-DAY Parade Registration at Harbor starts at 12:30pm
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!
If you're watching the parade with your dog, there are watering stations at both concession stands (Scott's Wish/ISFoundation across from RIP's, and the Spay & Neuter Group's by the Gazebo at Parade's end). It is recommended to bring along a bottle or two of water for you pup!
Reviewing Stand & Post-Parade Extravaganza!
Located near the parade's end around the Gazebo on the Lakefront (Lakeshore Dr/Lafitte St).
The post-parade extravaganza area has Sponsor Booths with lots of free fun activities for kids, a small petting zoo, duck herding by dogs, and much more!Visit the "SPONSOR PAGE" on this website for all the details!
Located at the beginning of parade (Jackson Ave/Lakeshore Dr), near Marigny Ave/Lakeshore Drive, and at parade's end (Lafitte St/Lakeshore Dr.)
The Mandeville Police will be located along the parade route and easily found at their Mobile Command Center parked mid-way along route just east of Girod Street. Across from Don's.
Emergency Veterinary Services:
MEDVET Medical & Cancer Center For Pets, A 24-hr Specialty & Emergency Hospital will be at their Sponsor Booth located at parade's end - Lakeshore Dr/Lafitte Street- just West of the Gazebo on the Lakefront.
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Want to make a donation to Mardi Paws?
any amount is greatly appreciated!