2022 Mardi Gras Dog Parades That Help Animals in Need

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Mardi Gras is just around the corner! In cities across the US, pet parents can bring a bit of The Big Easy to their buddies that bark by celebrating the holiday at one of the many dog-friendly Mardi Gras festivals that will offer visitors a virtual gumbo of frivolity mixed with philanthropy.

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Following are a few of the fetes where you and your four-legged party animal can let the good times roll and do a good deed for dogs and cats in need in the process. If there’s a Mardi Gras pet parade for a paws cause not listed, let us know in the comment section below!


Carnegie Carnival Canines on Parade
From the intersection of Second Avenue and Johnston Street to Lee Street in Decatur
February 26. 2022

Get ready for a doggone good time in downtown Decatur as a plethora of partying pups promenade in apparel for a paws cause!

Proceeds from the event (which will include the crowning of Sir Bow Wow and Lady Barks-a-Lot) will benefit Track my Paws.

Mystic Mutts of Revelry
Downtown Fairhope
February 19, 2022

Dogs can take part in a “Pawjama Party”-themed parade and help dogs and cats who are dreaming of a better tomorrow!  Proceeds from this event benefit The Haven for Animals.


Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade
Riverfront Park, Apalachiola
February 26, 2022

Knowing that dogs rule, shelter pups are always chosen King and Queen of The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers’ annual parade.

Along with promenading pooches in festive apparel, the day of play (which this year will be celebrated with a “Pirates of Oyster City” theme) will also include tunes from local bands and vendor booths brimming with pet-related souvenirs.

A happening with heart, the parade will benefit the Forgotten Coast of Florida’s animals in need.

The Krewe of Amalee’s Mardi Gras Dog Parade and Festival   
Woodland Boulevard, DeLand
Feb. 26, 2022

Celebrating a quarter of a century in 2022, pups parading in purple, gold and green garb will help to generate ‘green’ for good causes!   

Over the years the event has raised more than $650,000, which has been distributed to a variety of neighborhood charities, including DeLand’s art community, families in need and humane pet centers.

Pet Parade
Historic St. Andrews, Panama City
February 20, 2022

Part of the annual St. Andrews Mardi Gras, our buddies who bark can enjoy a taste of The Big Easy as they promenade in a parade.

Mardi Gras Dog Parade
The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Sandestin
Feb. 27, 2022

Partying pups will be pulled in festooned mini-floats, golf carts and wagons as their people toss throws to a canine-loving crowd.

Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade,Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade,

Photo: Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade, Bossier City, Louisiana


Krewe of PAWS Mardi Gras Pet Parade
Starts at Antique Alley (Commerce Street), West Monroe
Feb. 19. 2022

Along with floats and fashion forward Fidos, the largest fundraising event for PAWS of NE Louisiana each year will also include children’s games and vendor booths.

CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade
North Boulevard Town Square in Baton Rouge
Feb. 13, 2022

Celebrating its 23rd year, this event (complete with a costume contest) funds for the Capital Animal Welfare Society’s spay/neuter program.

Krewe of Paws of Old Towne
Parade lines up on Ciruti Street, Slidell
February 19, 2022

Costume-clad canines can enjoy a tribute to Carnival and help a paws case in the process, raising people’s spirits while raising funds for several area animal assistance groups.

Krewe du Pooch Parade and Costume Contest
Lakeshore Drive, Old Mandeville
March 5, 2022

Helping homeless dogs and cats live happily ever after, the theme of this year’s pup party is “A Fairy Tail,” and will include a costume contest, a concert, family-friendly activities, vendors and pet adoptions.  Proceeds benefit animal welfare organizations participating in the event. 

Krewe des Chiens Parade for Dogs
Feb. 19, 2022

Festive Fidos will file down the street in style during this annual demonstration of dogged devotion to Mardi Gras which helps the non-profit Krewe des Chiens aid animal assistance organizations in the Acadiana area throughout the year.

Mystic Krewe of Barkus
Pre-pawty and post-pawty parade at Armstrong Park, parade through the Vieux Carre in New Orleans
February 20, 2022

At New Orleans’ only salute to Spots regal Rovers can revel during a Barkingham Palace: Barkus is Going for The Crown-themed parade, all to raise funds for various animal welfare charities.

The Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws
Downtown Covington
March 16, 2022

Tailwaggers can tap into their inner Rob Lowchen, Collie Ringwald, Andrew MuttCarthy or another member of the Brat Pack as Mardi Paws celebrates ’80s Pawp Culture!  Costume clad canines can vie for a coveted prize at this Covington do– a glitter “poop” trophy!  Proceeds from the event will help both kids and canines.


Purina Beggin’ Pet Parade
12th and Allen, Soulard, St. Louis
February 20, 2022

Billed as the world’s largest costumed pet parade, party animals will promenade for a paws cause, with each registration fee to participate donated to Open Door Animal Sanctuary. The most fashion forward Fidos will be chosen to be members of the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus and can attend the Coronation Pageant to witness the crowning of the day’s top dogs, the King and Queen of Barkus.

New Jersey

Mardi Paws Parade
Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park
February 22, 2022

Part of the Asbury Park Mardi Gras, pups in festival apparel will summon the spirit of New Orleans during a parade that will raise funds for Wag On Inn Rescue.


Mardi Growl
Downtown Knoxville
March 5, 2022

Fans of our four-legged friends will stride with pride alongside their furry family members as they help to shine a spotlight on the work of the Young-Williams Animal Center.  The party with a higher purpose will also include costume contests, noms from a variety of food trucks, and the chance to shop among an array of vendor stalls.


Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade
21st and Harborside at Pier One, Galveston
Feb. 27, 2022

A canine costume contest kicks off the fun followed by a pet parade. Hosted by the Galveston Island humane Society, funds raised will help to provide pets in need with spay/neuter assistance, emergency care, and vaccination and microchip clinics. 

Krewe of Barkus Parade
Mitchell Park in downtown McKinney
Feb. 27, 2022

Join a throng 4,500 strong at a Mardi Gras gathering influenced by the philanthropic Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which tosses a lifeline to abandoned animals as its human participants tosses throws to the canine-loving crowd.

This year’s theme is “A Walk Down Memory Lane,” with each participant picking their favorite pet parade theme from the past 20 years as their pup’s costume inspiration. 

Photo Credit: Shreveport-Bossier Mardi Gras


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