The Annual Krewe of Waguns Children and Pet Parade Kicked off “Mardi-Paws” in Natchitoches!
It’s just not Mardi Gras in Natchitoches until the Krewe of Waguns parade rolls! The long-standing local tradition, now sponsored by FAUNA (Friends All United for Natchitoches Animals) rolled February 18 prior to the Krewe of Dionysos parade. This year’s parade featured beads, trinkets and 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, BOM’s Monty the Owl and a surprise Ali-E-Gator entry. The mascots engaged in a spirited dance-off with the winner chosen by audience reaction. The Gator put on a performance worthy of Dancing with the Stars and took top honors in this year’s contest. Monty, McGruff and the D.A.R.E. Lion will be out for revenge next Mardi Gras! Queen Mutt-a-Gras and King Rex Rufus were crowned, and prizes awarded in such categories as best float and best costume. FAUNA also introduced some dogs who were available for adoption.
The Natchitoches Parish Journal congratulates FAUNA for over ten fun filled years for area children of all ages and is looking forward to many more.