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HWACs Mardi Paws Parade


Helen Woodward Animal Center invites the public to its inaugural Mardi Paws Parade, set to take place on Tuesday, February 12, from 11am-12pm, across from the administration building at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe. The free event connects center adoptables, alumni, and revelers of all ages, breeds, and creeds on “Bour-bone Street” down in “Cat-on Rouge.” Invitees are welcome to dress their well-behaved pooches in Mardi Gras-themed costumes and/or even parade their own “floats” (created from small wagons or pet strollers) around the Center grounds. You may even see HWAC’s sheep and goats hoofing their way along the parade route in traditional Barn-ival style.


The event will include a variety of activities for the New Orleans-lover in all of us.  Purple, green, and gold will bedeck and bejewel the festivities, where attendees will sip on non-alcoholic Purr-icanes, compete for “Best Dressed Mardi Gras King and Queen” ($10 per entry) and take pictures against New Orleans style-backgrounds.  Kitty-lovers are invited to participate by emailing their best “Fat Cat” photos to reginab@animalcenter.org.  Photos will be posted on HWAC’s social media sites and voted on by attending parade participants. First place winner receives a night at our Club Pet!


Proceeds from all Mardi Paws activities support the Helen Woodward Adoptions Department. (858.756.4117, ext. 379,  www.animalcenter.org/events/mardi-paws)


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