Parade Info for 2016 - Parade Rolls Sun. February 14th at 2pm!
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), St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Group (providing low cost spay/neutering service for rescues and low-income households), and the Miracle League Northshore (helping children with disabilities have access to team sports they would normally not get an opportunity to play.)
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/ISF Concession Stand
Located on lake front just west of Girod St. under a big white tent. They will have Bop's snoballs (weather dependent) , soft drinks, hot dogs, nachos, and desserts.
The Miracle League Northshore Concession Stand
Located on lake front just east of Girod St. under a big white tent. they will have fish sandwiches, chips, soft drinks, and more TBA.
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
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 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 & 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 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.
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/Miracle League 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! at parade's end
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.
Visit the "Royal Hair" page on this website for more details!
Port-a-lets: at beginning, mid-way, end of route
Located at the beginning of parade (Jackson Ave/Lakeshore Dr), near Marigny Ave/Lakeshore Drive, and at parade's end (Lafitte St/Lakeshore Dr.)
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: parade's end
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.
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.
Is your ISF Community Crew coming to Mardi Paws? Here's the poop...
We are excited you're joining the parade! Because of the enthusiastic response from ISF Community Crews and the group size restrictions imposed on Mardi Paws by the police and city council, large groups participating cannot hold up the parade by keeping the road shut down for delays in the middle of the parade route. Therefore, ISF Community Crew Members walking in support of ISF will be closing out this year’s Mardi Paws parade.
We are encouraging ISF Crew Members to costume with this years “Love is in the HAIR!” theme in mind. Participant's floats and costumes will reflect famous romances in film, television, sports, history- you name it. You can also keep with a Valentine's Day theme, and of course include ISF shirts and ISF Community Crew Logos on you, your dogs and your floats. We will have a small banner made for you to carry letting everyone know you are ISF Community Crews.
ISF Crew Members can either Pre-register their pooch on-line (www.MardiPaws.com) or Register the day of the parade. Pre-registration costs are $15 per dog, and Day-of will be $20. Same Day registration begins at the Mandeville Harbor at 12:30pm. The parade rolls at 2pm. Since you will be parading at the end, please be aware there will be a waiting period before your group is ready to roll, so you may consider arriving closer to 1:45pm to lessen your wait time. There is a lovely park beside the Registration Area and there will be a banner saying "ISF Community Crews Meet Here" which will be visible from the registration area. You may bring blankets, collapsible chairs and a picnic lunch if you would like. Please remember to bring water for your dogs as well! This will be a great opportunity for Crews to get together to talk, get to know each other and collaborate. This will be your "camp" area where you will be able to watch the parade roll out and see when the last floats are passing so you can mobilize and start parading. Please do not leave valuable items unattended at the parade staging area! The parade route is about 8/10 of a mile. When you are finished we encourage you to stay around the post-parade extravaganza area and visit the sponsor booths before heading back to the starting area to collect your belongings.
Thank you so much for coming out and supporting Mardi Paws as this year ISF will be the main beneficiary. We will have an ISF booth midway along the parade route near Girod Street . Make sure to come by and say hello to Jules and other ISF family!
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What's the cost to Register your Pooch?
$30 donation for 2 dogs if you Pre-Register ($35 "Day of" registration fee)
(must be from the same household) REGISTRATION FORM & DROP-OFF
OR MAIL IN
* *there is NO charge for any escorts accompanying the dogs