Mardi Gras

The Krewe of PAWS is hosting their 14th Annual Mardi Gras Pet Parade this Saturday, February 5. The parade will roll through Antique Alley in West Monroe, and the theme is "The Magic of Furry Tales." All types of pets are welcome to join in on the fun. 

Sixteen horses that will march in this year's Mardi Gras parades will be up for adoption as part of an effort to save them from being resold at auctions or for slaughter.

News outlets report that the Humane Society of Louisiana, Cascade Stables and Barney's Farm Sanctuary are working together to find new owners for the 16 parade horses after Mardi Gras.

The program was started to prevent the transactions for horses that Cascade Stables in New Orleans wasn't able to care for following the celebrations.

Fire engulfed a three-story, 150-year-old mansion in New Orleans, but a 92-year-old woman and two other residents escaped unharmed.

Christopher Montgomery tells the New Orleans Advocate that his brother-in-law, sister, and their 92-year-old mother got out safely after the fire broke out Wednesday. '

The Times-Picayune reports that an elderly poodle also escaped from the home's second fire in 12 years. Authorities said the fire apparently started in the basement. The cause is unknown.

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KEDM had a blast at the 2019 Krewe of PAWS pet judging and parade as part of the 2019 Krewe of Janus Mardi Gras festivities in downtown West Monroe.

What to do with all those beads from parades during Carnival season around New Orleans? Unwanted beads can be tossed at a big truck at the end of parades.

The truck operated by the ARC of Greater New Orleans will follow most Metairie parades. WWL-TV reported Jefferson Parish approved an ordinance allowing people to throw beads at the truck at the end of the parade. The beads will be taken to a center, and employees will repackage and resell the beads.

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As New Orleans prepares for the height of the Carnival season, the city's mayor outlined security and infrastructure preparations and said the city is "more than prepared for Mardi Gras 2019."

At a news conference Tuesday, LaToya Cantrell and her administration laid out plans for this year's festivities. They highlighted a large exercise to be held Friday to prepare emergency responders, the expanded use of gutter buddies to keep beads and debris out of the drainage system, a temporary halt to construction on Bourbon Street and a plea for residents to keep their guns at home.

Pets Under The Big Top

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Witness the 13th annual "happiest day of the year," by joining the community in the Krewe of Janus Pet Parade. This is the only pet parade in Northeast Louisiana. Register your pet starting at 11 a.m. in the block of 100 Commerce Street, West Monroe. The theme will be 'Under the Big Top' and as always, all things Mardi Gras.  The parade will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

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The Twin Cities will be hopping this weekend with Mardi Gras related activities.  90.3 KEDM Public radio will be broadcasting live from downtown West Monroe and playing Mardi Gras music for all parade revelers. 


A Louisiana Tech University student has been arrested in connection to a fatal shooting that took place during a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.  On Friday, Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed Eddie Dingle, 21, was arrested for second degree murder.

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The Young Leadership Council partnered with ArcGNO this carnival season to collect beads and recyclables on the parade routes through uptown New Orleans. After a story revealed that the city removed more than 64 tons of beads from a five block stretch of St. Charles, YLC Recycles Project Leader Hannah Kincannon says it’s a public safety issue.


YLC works to make New Orleans events greener and more sustainable. Kincannon says they worked with ArcGNO to find a home for the tons beads collected.