The CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade
The CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts parade is a fun filled way to spend an unforgettable day with your dogs Mardi Gras style while parading them in what has become one of Baton Rouge's most beloved events. The parade is the largest fund-raiser for CAAWS and raises much needed funds for the CAAWS Community Outreach Spay/Neuter Program. This is a very special parade that allows dogs and their families to be a part of a Mardi Gras fun without spending a fortune. The parade is a walking parade where dogs and their owners stroll along North Blvd. in their finest Mardi Gras attire. Anyone can enter the parade. You only have to fill out an entry form and pay the entry fee. Dogs are also allowed to watch the parade on the sidelines, but it is not as much fun as being in the parade.
Parade entrants are encouraged to bring "throws" for the crowd. And don't forget to register your FLOAT. Anything that you can push or pull such as a wagon is allowed but NO motorized floats. All dogs must be on a leash. FOR SAFETY PURPOSES, NO RETRACTABLE LEASHES ARE ALLOWED, NOR ANY LEASHES LONGER THAN 6'. Your dog should have a proof of current rabies vaccination tag. No puppies under 12 weeks, aggressive dogs, or dogs in heat are allowed.
Preregistration for the parade is no longer available online, but you will still be able to pre-register at our shelter on Saturday, 6357 Quinn Dr, from 1pm until 3pm. You can print the registration form here. You can also register at the parade the morning of beginning at 10 am!
The parade starts at 4th Street at the south side of North Boulevard lining up toward the Library, rolling east to North 7th Street along the south side of North Blvd, turning north at N. 7th Street toward Convention Street, turning west at Convention Street and going down Convention Street to North 4th Street, turning south on N. 4th Street back to the south side of North Boulevard where the parade ends. The parade rolls at 2 p.m. this year. H
Parade Day Activities:
Bark in the Park, 10-4pm -
Come out and have a doggone good time before and after the parade. Visit the booths and vendors located along North Blvd. at Towne Center & Galvez Plaza for a day full of food, shopping, information, demonstrations, activities, contests and fun!
Costume Contest, 11am
PARADE ROLLS at 2:00pm!
The Pet Contests start at 11 a.m. at the Galvez Plaza Stage and includes Best Costume, Best Float and Best Group Theme.
Once again our Grand Marshal is Cane II, namesake of our premier sponsor, Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers. She will lead the parade along with volunteers from Raising Canes.
The King and Queen was selected by CAAWS volunteers by secret ballot. They are adoptees from CAAWS who have now found a permanent loving home. From their very humble beginnings to their royal appointments, it is a true rags to riches story.
Be a part of the Royal Court
All dogs and cats are eligible to be part of the Royal Court. There is a court donation fee of $300 to enroll as a Duchess or a Duke and $200 to enroll as a Lord or Lady. Court positions are limited so apply before the January 25th deadline by filling out this form or emailing to CAAWS. The Court Fee includes: the Parade entry fee for 1 royal dog and 2 adult escorts; a position of honor in the royal court corresponding to rank of Court; a certificate stating your dog's royal title; photos on the Towne Center Beacon and CAAWS website. There is no additional charge for a float or for family members under 18.