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Mardi Gras 2021 Parade Cancellations Inspire 'Dog House Floats' Created to Safely Spread Cheer

As the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws says: Laissez les bone temps rouler!

The group — which usually puts on a parade on the North Shore, located across Lake Ponchartrain from New Orleans — has come up with a creative way to celebrate Mardi Gras amid the 2021 parade cancellations caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

"In response to those who are 'begging' for a safe way to celebrate this unusual Carnival season, Mardi Paws is hosting its first-ever Dog House Float contest," a release explains, adding that the goal of the event is, in part, "to spread good cheer."

It's also being held to draw "attention to the plight of the homeless pups at the St. Tammany Parish Department of Animal Services in Lacombe, the only open-admission animal shelter in the parish."

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