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Does your pooch rock?

If so, Fido could be the face of the 2020 Mardi Gras on MainStreet Dog Parade, set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The theme of the parade, presented by DeLand’s Krewe of Amalee, is “Dogs Will Rock You.”

The Krewe, a nonprofit organization that supports local charitable groups, is seeking DeLand’s most rock ’n’ roll canine to serve as the face of the parade.

A photo of one lucky pooch will adorn T-shirts and other marketing materials for the parade.

Dog owners who wish to enter their bodacious bulldogs and metalhead mastiffs into the competition can do so for a $100 donation to the Krewe of Amalee. Details, and the entry form, are available at the parade’s website, www.dogparadedeland.com.

The funds go toward running the parade, with leftover money donated to local charitable groups. Since its inception, the Krewe has given back some $600,000 to the community, according to parade Chair Carolyn Anderson.

Charities supported by the group include Family Renew Community, Journey’s End Animal Sanctuary, My Angel With Paws and the Museum of Art – DeLand.

Next year will mark the Mardi Gras-themed parade’s 24th iteration.

“It’s a great day to go out and have fun and enjoy the community,” Anderson said. “We usually have over 60 entries in the parade. We have floats, we have dogs that are dressed up in costume, and we have costume contests for the dogs.”

A street party along West Georgia Avenue will immediately follow the parade, with street vendors and live music at Cafe DaVinci.

The deadline to submit a photo of your dog to the contest is Dec. 31.

The public will then vote on the entries, Anderson said, with the most rockin’ pooch set to be revealed sometime next month.


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