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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — The Krewe of Mutts parade takes place downtown on Sunday, Feb. 9. The parade is a staple in the Capital City as the year 2020 marks the group’s 21st time rolling through town. The theme for this year’s event is “fairy tails.”
All funds raised benefit the Capital Area Animal Welfare Society (CAAWS). Organizers said attendees can support CAAWS in a variety of ways. All proceeds from the event will go to CAAWS’ spay and neuter program.
A special dog costume contest happens at noon. Registered attendees may enter their pet in three different categories including best costume, best group costume and best float. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners in each category.
If not registered for the costume contest, attendees are encouraged to sign up to participate in the Royal Court and walk with the CAAWS king and queen in the parade. People may also choose to simply walk in the parade with their dog. Dog strollers are welcome and attendees are encouraged to add some purple, green and gold adornments to their furry friend.
Interested parties may pre-register for all events on Feb. 8 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 6357 Quinn Drive, or on the day of the event at the CAAWS tent. Parade shirts will be available for sale both days and range from $18 to $22, depending on size.
Starting at 10 a.m. on Sunday, various pop-up vendors will make their goods and services available to parade attendees. Vendors will be set up until 4 p.m. on North Blvd. in downtown. Organizers said to look for “Bark in the Park” signs to find the exact location.
CAAWS is a volunteer-run organization and receives no public funding. Every penny that is donated goes to caring for shelter animals and helping the public spay and neuter their pets.
All parade information can be found at www.caaws.org.