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While most Mardi Gras celebrations in the U.S. are associated with the vibrant metropolis of New Orleans, the spirit of Carnival can be found all across the country–as one city in Florida even invites dogs to be the center of its festivities.
On Feb. 5, Pensacola's "Pawdi-Gras" put adorable pups adorned with beads and party hats on display during the area's second annual puppy parade.
Organized by Wolfgang, a dog event planning company that arranges birthdays, “yappy” hours, “pup” crawls, adoptiversaries, and other fur baby-forward functions, the Pawdi Gras Parade isn't just a fun way for the community's pets to socialize, but an opportunity to help other dogs find their forever home.
"When we first started the business we said we wanted to be able to create an annual event that brought the dog community together but also raised funds and support for a local rescue – that was really important to us," explained Jessica Wolford, the CEO of Wolfgang in a statement. "Pensacola is such a big dog-loving and Mardi Gras-supporting community, so why not bring the community’s love of both worlds together?!"
We're told some 450 pets were registered to walk in this year's event, with an additional 50 dogs in attendance and ready to be adopted. Wolford also revealed to Parade that the event, supported by the Krewe of Hip Huggers, was an even bigger success this year than last, raising a whopping $12,000 in charitable donations to the local animal shelter.
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"We were able to double last year’s donation to support our local shelter," Wolford stated before concluding, "The event is our small way of bringing our community together, and my wife, Kim, and I are very proud of our community."
Wolfgang also hinted at a return of the Pawdi Gras Parade next year for a third go at the tail-wagging good time. Those interested in participating can stay in the loop by following the event's official Facebook group.