Annual DeLand Dog Parade features puppies in Mardi Gras costumes

DELAND — With Fat Tuesday just days away, a unique Mardi Gras party arrived in downtown DeLand on Saturday.

From early morning to late afternoon, the whole family had fun at Mardi Gras, even the four-legged and furry family members.

The party started at 8 a.m. with a dog costume contest with prizes. Then came the 11 a.m. parade down Woodland Boulevard with decked dogs, parade floats and decorated vehicles.

There were hundreds of people, lots of Mardi Gras costumes and beads, and lots of purple, gold and green.

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After the parade, an afternoon festival was held on Georgia Avenue with music, food, and vendors.

The annual DeLand Dog Parade had a perfect day on Saturday with sunny skies and warm temperatures as costumed dogs strutted down Woodland Boulevard.  A few days away from Mardi Gras, this year's theme was Mardi Gras.  (News-Journal/Nadia Zomorodian)

The annual Mardi Gras dog parade and party was presented by the Krewe of Amalee, Inc., a 501(C)3 organization that supports nonprofits in western Volusia County. The Krewe of Amalee has hosted the event for over 20 years.

Over the years, the Amalee Krewe has raised over $550,000, which has been divided among organizations that care for animals, help children and families, and support the arts. It costs around $25,000 to hold the parade each year.

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