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PAWS Pet Parade

By Melanie Moffett
In Bayou Scene
Feb 25th, 2015

The Krewe of Janus wasn’t the only game in town Saturday, Feb. 7. The Krewe of PAWS took over two blocks of downtown West Monroe earlier in the day to hold the 9th Annual Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade. The parade is one of the organization’s most visible fundraisers each year.

Dozens of pets and their owners showed up decked out in their best super heroes attire in honor of the Krewe of Janus’s theme, Comic Book Superheroes. During the parade, revelers cheered their favorite pets and floats, and their calls of “Throw me something, mister!” were rewarded with beads and candy. This year, in addition to the pets and their owners, parade-goers were treated to the New Orleans musical stylings of West Monroe based Bad Monkey Brass Band.
The pet parade is held each year earlier in the day during the Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras celebrations. Money raised during the parade goes to support the activities of PAWS, including their spay-and-neuter clinic, the group’s animal rescue activities, and to provide pet ID tags to owners. For more information, or to support PAWS, visit them online at pawsnela.org.