Mardi Gras 4Paws: Which pups will be crowned best-dressed?
On Feb. 25, Frisco goes to the dogs with the fourth annual Mardi Gras 4Paws pooch parade.
Festivities surrounding the costume parade for pups will begin at 2 p.m. on the sidewalks of Main Street downtown, and proceeds will benefit the League for Animals and People of Summit, or LAPS for short, according to a news release.
The parade is inspired by a similar event for pups in New Orleans that’s tied into The Big Easy’s bigger Mardi Gras celebrations.
With her love for dogs and Mardi Gras, Belinda Griffin, the deceased wife of Raymond Griffin, owner of the Lost Cajun Restaurant, inspired the creation of the local Mardi Gras 4Paws parade, according to organizers.
Unfortunately, Belinda succumbed to breast cancer before she got to see the first Mardi Gras 4Paws parade in 2014, but a prize category is named in honor of her.
The parade in Frisco will begin with a “yappy hour” street party on 2nd Avenue, between Main Street and the Granite Street alley, with gumbo and beignets from Lost Cajun Restaurant, hot beverages from Abbey’s Coffee, beer from New Belgium Brewing and wine from Cupcake Vineyards.
While only the pups can win prizes, organizers are encouraging everyone — including pet owners — to dress up for the parade.
“Last year, the costumed dogs included everything from a mutt dressed as a bubble bath to a St. Bernard sporting a wooden barrel and a feather boa,” LAPS president Sally Beerup said in a prepared statement. “You can’t help but smile when you see these beloved dogs parading down Frisco Main Street in their Mardi Gras best.”
The festivities run from 2-5 p.m. on 2nd Avenue, right off Main Street, there will be a street party where food and beverages, including a doggie brew for the canine participants, will be available for sale.
Registration and dog mingling and selfie opportunities will also be available at this location starting at 2 p.m., and the costumed dog parade will get to stepping at 3:45 p.m.
From there, the parade route runs down the Main Street sidewalks from 2nd Avenue to 7th Avenue and back up the other side of Main Street. The parade will end at the “yappy” hour street party with awards at 4:30 p.m.
Categories for costume prizes are Belinda’s Best, King of the Cajuns, Queen of Romp, Knight of the Food Table and Baroness of Bark.
Prizes for these well-dressed hounds will be gift certificates donated by A&A Pet Supply in Frisco.
New this year, organizers say Frisco’s official dog mayor, Frisco Fred, will report from a dog’s-eye view via social media, sharing his favorite moments from the festivities on his @friscofreddy Instagram page.
Pre-registration is $20 per dog and $5 for each additional dog and is available online at SummitLaps.com.
Event-day registration will be available starting at 2 p.m. at 2nd Avenue and Main Street. Humans are free.
Each $20 paid registration will include a Mardi Gras doggie bandana, beads, dog treats, a Paw Pops and a token for your choice for one bowl of gumbo, beer, wine or Doggie Brew.
The $5 registration fee for additional dogs will include beads and treats only. Also, $5 tokens for food and beverages will be available with cash, check or credit card whether the buyer is accompanied by a dog or not.
For more information about the doggie parade, go to SummitLaps.com or email LAPS@colorado.net.
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