Helen Woodward Animal Center invites the public to the original and 2nd Annual Doggie Gras Parade. The free event connects Center adoptables, alumni and revelers of all ages, breeds and creeds on “Bour-bone Street” down in “Cat-on Rouge” on the National Day for Mardi Gras revelers. 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) along the parade-route around the Center grounds. You may even see their HWAC sheep and goats “hoofing” their way along the parade route in traditional Barn-ival style.  The event takes place on March 4 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m., across from the administration building at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

The “Fat Tuesday” annual tradition is the perfect way to celebrate all orphan pets and the various programs offered at Helen Woodward Animal Center and will include a variety of activities for the New Orleans-lover. 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 can participate by voting for their favorite “Fat Cat” adoptable.

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s First Annual Mardi Paws Parade is free to the public. Proceeds from all Mardi Paws activities support the Helen Woodward Adoptions Department.  To attend, or for more information, go to www.animalcenter.org/events/DoggieGras/index.aspx, or call Helen Woodward Animal Center at 858-756-4117 (x 356) or contact Special Events Supervisor Regina Barrella at reginab@animalcenter.org.

About Helen Woodward Animal Center

Helen Woodward Animal Center is a private, non-profit organization where “people help animals and animals help people.” Founded in 1972 in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., the Center provides services for more than 57,000 people and thousands of animals annually through adoptions, educational and therapeutic programs both onsite and throughout the community. Helen Woodward Animal Center is also the creator of the international Home 4 the Holidays pet adoption drive and The Business of Saving Lives Workshops, teaching the business of saving lives to animal welfare leaders from around the world. For more information go to www.animalcenter.org.