The North Shore’s Krewe Du Pooch dog parade launches a safe parade alternative this Carnival while supporting local animal charities.
The krewe announced it’s going virtual in 2021 with a costume contest and a fun run/walk and 5k race that participants can complete from anywhere.
Krewe Du Pooch, which hosted its inaugural parade and costume contest in Old Mandeville in 2020, supports various animal charities in the Greater New Orleans area. The event is organized by the Old Mandeville Business Association (OMBA) and the City of Mandeville.
This year’s event theme is “Go Dog Go and other Dr. Seuss favorites.”
“Like most Mardi Gras celebrations this year, Krewe du Pooch’s parade and other fun activities will be virtual to help protect citizens and slow the spread of COVID-19,” Krewe Du Pooch committee chair Dr. Andre Judice said in a statement. “We encourage the community to get especially creative this year! Start a fun run team with your family members or colleagues, or compete against a friend to see who has the best race time or raises the most money. There are countless ways to have fun and support our local animal charities through this event!”
Costume contest participants must dress according to this year’s Krewe Du Pooch theme, “Go Dog Go and other Dr. Seuss favorites.” Entry into the costume contest is free.
Entrants must submit the costume contest entry form, along with a video of their pet(s) in costume. Handlers are encouraged to get dressed up as well. In the video, the handler must state their name, their pet’s name, an explanation of the costume and any other pertinent details they’d like to point out.
Entrants must submit their completed form and video by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by Feb. 8.
A panel of judges will select the costume contest finalists, and post them on Facebook after Feb. 8, at which time the general public will be able to vote to determine the King, Queen, and the Royal Court.
Each entry will be judged for its adherence to the theme and for overall creativity. The final winners will receive pet-related gift baskets from Adventure Pets, as well as recognition on the Krewe Du Pooch website and social media.
Participants can sign up to conduct their own Fun Run/Walk ($25 per registrant) or 5K Race ($29 per registrant) online anytime before Feb. 20. Participants can complete their run/walk or 5K with their pet(s) – from anywhere in the world – anytime between Jan. 6 and Feb. 20.
Participants are encouraged to support their favorite local animal charity by also gathering donations or sponsorships from their friends, family and business associates. They can also document their Fun Run/Walk or 5K by taking pictures and sharing them on Facebook and Instagram so that Krewe Du Pooch can cheer them on and recognize their efforts. Each participant will post their final results/time in the online portal via the Krewe Du Pooch website. All participants will receive a fun swag bag for their efforts.
Proceeds from Krewe Du Pooch will be distributed among the following local 501(c)(3) animal welfare organizations: For Bullies Sake, St. Francis Animal Sanctuary, Clearwater Sanctuary, Tired Dog Rescue, Northshore Humane Society, Once Upon A Tail Rescue (Dante’s Hope), Bark and Roll, and Take Paws.
Upon registration for the Fun Run/Walk or 5K, participants can designate the nonprofit they would like to contribute to. Any unspecified funds will be split between all participating nonprofits at the conclusion of the campaign.
For more information on the Krewe Du Pooch parade or to get involved, visit the website at www.krewedupooch.org.
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