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The LA/SPCA is still celebrating it's successful "pup-blic" art project. "Paws on Parade" helped raise awareness for animal welfare in our region, supported the art community, and beautified our area while using the iconic symbol of New Orleans' favorite holiday, the Mardi Gras Bead Dog®. The parade rolled through our streets in 2012 and ended with a Mardi Gras Bead Dog® auction on September 27th for those sculptures that were not fully sponsored. The auction alone raised over $75,000 for the animals in our community. 


What is a Mardi Gras Bead Dog®? A tradition among generations of New Orleanians, children create Bead Dogs from discarded Mardi Gras throws. A few twists and turns transform a necklace of beads into a fun trinket to enjoy. Haydel’s Bakery adopted the Mardi Gras Bead Dog® as their mascot and graciously donated the sculpture’s mold to promote the LA/SPCA’s mission.


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