The popular all-women krewe founded in 1985, with over 400 members in elaborately decorated sweatshirts, parades through the streets of Mandeville at night. The parade includes an annual competition of local and out-of-state marching bands, 22 beautifully decorated Blaine Kern floats and lots of throws for a fun family night. Starts near the junction of Hwy 22 and US 190 and follows W. Causeway Approach above Monroe St., crosses 190 and ends on E. Causeway Appr.
The all-male krewe parades through the streets of Mandeville on floats illuminated by LEDs and street effects, with 9 different throws including beads, lighted wands and other objects, and signature medallions. OKO’s official call and response of the hearty Krewe is: "HAIL ORPHEUS" "HAIL YES."
A walking parade featuring man's best friends, and their families, put some bark into the Mardi Gras scene. Founded in 1999, the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws features dogs sashaying in costume along the Mandeville lakefront in this fun parade that raises funds for area animal agencies. Proceeds benefit the Ian Somerhalder Foundation.
Arthur Hardy, noted carnival historian, gives Mardi Paws credit for being the only krewe to parade after Fat Tuesday, thus avoiding any competition!