Helen Woodward Animal Center to host ‘Mardi Paws Parade’


Helen Woodward Animal Center invites the public to its First Annual Mardi Paws Parade. The free event connects Center adoptables, alumni and revelers of all ages, breeds and creeds on “Bour-bone Street” down in “Cat-on Rouge.” Invitees are welcome to dress their well-behaved pooches in Mardi Gras themed costumes and/or even parade their own “floats” (created from small wagons or pet strollers) around the Center grounds. You may even see the HWAC sheep and goats hoofing their way along the parade route in traditional Barn-ival style. The event takes place Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon across from the administration building at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

The kick-off of this “Fat Tuesday” annual tradition is the perfect way to celebrate all orphan pets and the various programs offered at Helen Woodward Animal Center and will include a variety of activities for the New Orleans-lover in all of us. Purple, green and gold will bedeck and bejewel the festivities, where attendees will sip on non-alcoholic Purr-icanes, compete for “Best Dressed Mardi Gras King and Queen” ($10 per entry) and take pictures against New Orleans style-backgrounds. Kitty-lovers are invited to participate by emailing their best “FAT CAT” photos to Photos will be posted on our social media sites and voted on by attending parade participants! First place winner receives a night at our Club Pet!

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s First Annual Mardi Paws Parade is free to the public. Proceeds from all Mardi Paws activities support the Helen Woodward Adoptions Department. To attend, or for more information, go to, call Helen Woodward Animal Center: (858) 756-4117 x 379 or contact Special Events Supervisor Regina Barrella at