It’s just not Mardi Gras in Natchitoches until the Natchitoches Humane Society’s Krewe of Wag-Uns parade rolls! The long standing local tradition rolled February 22 prior to the Krewe of Dionysus parade. This year’s parade featured family fun for all ages.
Over 75 animals, many in Mardi Gras themed costumes, joined their owners in a parade down Front Street that ended at the riverbank stage. They were joined by McGruff the Crime Dog, Sparky the Fire Dog, the D.A.R.E Lion and BOM Bank’s Monty the Owl. The three mascots engaged in a spirited dance off with the winner chosen by audience reaction. The Fire Department’s Sparky the Fire Dog took top honors in this year’s contest. BOM’s Monty and the D.A.R.E. Lion will be out for revenge next Mardi Gras. The music for this year’s festivities was provided by Bill Vance with Elite Radio Group. Queen Mutt-a-Gras and King Rex Rufus were named and prizes were awarded in such categories as best float and best costume.
The East Natchitoches Elementary School’s 4-H chapter presented the Humane Society with a range of animal care supplies donated by the hard working young men and women of the school’s 4-H members. The supplies will go a long way in assisting the local Humane Society in their mission of providing for abused and neglected animals in our area.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal congratulates the Natchitoches Humane Society for ten fun filled years for area children of all ages and is looking forward to many more.