POSTED: Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 6:26pm
UPDATED: Monday, February 17, 2014 - 8:43am
BATON ROUGE (NBC33) — Dog owners and animal lovers come out once a year to Downtown Baton Rouge to watch a Mardi Gras parade with a twist.
“We love it. Our dogs love it. They get to mingle and meet, and it helps them with their social skills and stuff like that. They just have a blast,” Cheryl McKnight, dog owner, said. “It's something for them.”
It's called the CAAWS' “Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade .”
Some dogs sit on the sidelines and watch.
"It's really about the dogs. Let them have a good time meet other animals and let them interact," Angela Chiasson, dog owner, said.
Others march dogs to a beat of their own.
Dogs of every shape and size strutted their stuff. Some dressed in their purple and gold. Others wore a whole lot of beads.
"You get to see lots of different dogs,” Mei Stewart, who walked in the parade, said. “They are all dressed up some of them are hilarious."
Most of the pooches pranced along North Boulevard dressed in patriotic prints to match this year's theme: ‘Semper Fideaux: CAAWS salutes service dogs.’
"Oh my God they are so cute. Their floats are awesome," McKnight said.
Even pet parents joined in the fun.
The parade isn't just about showing of your dachshund’s most dashing costume or which float has the best décor. It's about helping out the animals.
"There is a lot of dogs and animals out there that really need our help, and so, it's for a good cause to help any dogs in need," Jennifer Bravinder, pet owner who marched in parade, said.
According to CAAWS’ website the event serves as a fundraiser for the CAAWS’ programs.