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February 14 – The Pet Parade and Childrens’ Parade – Galveston

The sun was shining, the water sparkled just off the Seawall and kids and pets were everywhere. The pet parade hosted by the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux and the Mardi Gras Children’s Parade hosted by the Local 571 Firefighters is an absolute favorites of ours and they always draw large crowds of spectators. First the pet parade; dogs, cats, horses, lambs, turtles, and ferrets were in abundance. Every size, shape and color was well represented. Some pets were in matching costumes either with other pets or their owners, some were being carried and some took charge and pulled their owners down the middle of the road but everyone had a great time and it is always a fun sight to watch. This parade benefits the daily operations of the Galveston Island Humane Society.

Following the pet parade came the children’s parade. Kids know how to do Mardi Gras! These kiddos threw beads and candy galore while hundreds of ‘little’ spectators scampered around gathering up the goodies. There were some wonderfully decorated floats following the “Salute to Hollywood” theme; everything from Snow White and her many dwarfs to Hollywood Beauty Queens. And to add to these festivities, the Mummers were once again in the mix; with their wonderful music and absolutely stunning outfits, they were without a doubt a wonderful hit. If you love animals and kids; this is the day for you. Enjoy the photos...check em out!

Editor’s Note: We had some technical difficulties on Sunday so not all of our photos will be published…We’ll be back next year to make up for it.

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