Anyone who is an animal lover would feel completely remiss to not include their pets in every possible significant moment and rite of passage that life could ever offer, and certainly, Mardi Gras is one of the most fun, celebratory occasions to enjoy, worldwide. And Mardi Gras is certainly a pet-loving gala, with a significant pet-devoted element in celebration of these wildly varying heart-stealers belonging to human celebrants, everywhere. Additionally, cities all over the world engage in their own particular forms of “pet-honoring Mardi Gras,” to make sure that every possible area is fully covered, and from every possible angle.
How They Happen
If it’s got fur, feathers or some unique connection to the animal ringdom, your “pet owner” responsibility is to give your critter(s) the chance to join in the wild fun that only occurs once every year. It would simply not be fair to believe that such a fabulous form of celebration could belong exclusively to homo sapiens alone. Thankfully, some true visionaries who conveniently reside in a variety of strategic key station points, across the U.S. and beyond–have our precious little guys covered, with signature pet-styled fun.
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St. Louis Styled–Pet Mardi Gras
This privileged Beggin’ Pet Parade, annually features thousands of cleverly costumed critters being proudly paraded through Soulard by their loving owners. For 23 years now, St. Louis has hosted this fur-real fun time. Currently designated as the world’s largest animal parade, this fun time is just rife for an explosive growth to cities across the world. And, any competition would surely be limited to registering parties, and not participants/paraders. This particular form of Mardi Gras fun comes with a modest $10 registration requirement, which all goes to benefit a very worthwhile local animal sanctuary.
On the Scene, and Upfront
What better spot to include the beloved pets among us than in New Orleans, where the Mystic Krewe Barkus takes the reins every year? As their press release shares, they’ll be “sniffing the streets of the French Quarter,” which, by the way, has long been deemed too narrow to support the modern day parades. Founded by an important entity, Wood Enterprises makes sure that in the same scrutinous detail associated with human celebration, these beloved pets will receive the same attention and provision befitting all others who are celebrating. Most of these pet-oriented celebrations include the same coronations, festivities and–of course–music.
OK, you wanted to say it, but somehow just could not bring yourself to come, full circle–
“WHO Let the DOGS Out?” –There. Feel better?