Dog days of carnival season are here

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The Capital Area Animal Welfare Society is hosting its 13th annual CAAWS Mystic Krewe of Mutts Parade, sponsored by Raising Cane’s, in downtown Baton Rouge, Jan. 29.

This walking dog parade, which is free to the public, is a fun way to spend an unforgettable day with pups Mardi Gras style while parading them in what has become one of Baton Rouge's most beloved events. There will be a K-9 demonstration, music, shopping for animal lovers, food and drink vendors, local rescue groups and animal related educational information.

The theme this year is “The Good, The Bad, and The Furry”. Costumes are strongly encouraged for both humans and dogs. Dress your pooch, build a pet-sized float, or follow the fun-loving theme from the sidelines. There will also be best float and best dressed pet contests.

As a 100 percent nonprofit, all volunteer organization, the parade is the largest fundraiser for CAAWS and raises much needed funds for The CAAWS Community Outreach Spay/Neuter Program.  Spectators are welcome.

Anyone can enter the parade by filling out an entry form and paying the entry fee, either by pre-registering online at or at a booth the day of the event.