110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Feb 26, 2014 - 5:31:56pm
Yes, darlings. The time of Lent and Mardi Gras is drawing closer, and that means one thing in Downtown DeLand: Local dogs will strut their stuff at the 16th annual Mardi Gras on MainStreet Saturday, March 1. This year's theme is 'Kentucky Derby Dogs."
The Krewe of Amalee will line up and loose the dogs to run (or wander) down Woodland Boulevard at 11 a.m. As is traditional, dogs will be dressed in costumes reflecting Mardi Gras or Kentucky Derby themes.
Doggy costumes will be judged at 9:30 a.m., with awards presented in the categories of king and queen, dog and owner look-alike, best group costume, and most original costume. Awards will be give for best parade float-entries, as well.
It's a good time for all.
Want to enter your pooch in the parade? Register by 9:30 a.m. in front of Cummings Gymnasium at the corner of Woodland Boulevard and West University Avenue on the Stetson University campus, which is where the judging will take place. Registration will cost $15, or register in advance at www.dogparadedeland.com for $10.
After the parade, everyone will gather in front of the Volusia County Historic Courthouse on West Indiana Avenue, where festivities will continue, with the announcement of the Krewe of Amalee's 2014 royalty and parade winners. A Big Easy style celebration, with food, animal demonstrations, pet-adoption opportunities, pony rides and plenty more activities will continue until 4 p.m. Food will be available for children.
Also, in Chess Park, next to the Historic Courthouse, the Hound's Lounge will offer libations and Big Easy fare, including muffalettas, bourbon meatballs, gumbo shooters and more. Tickets for Hounds Lounge cost $10 in advance and $15 the day of the event. Hounds Lounge tickets cost $5 in advance for children ages 5-14, and $8 on the day of the event.
As they say in N'Orleans, "Laissez les bons temps roulez!" a Cajun-French phrase that means, "Let the good times roll!"
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