DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) - Carnival got a kick start with a puppy parade this weekend. The Mystic Krewe of Pupseidon led the first Mardi Gras parade on the Coast Saturday in Diamondhead. It was also the first year for the krewe, and organizers say it won't be the last.
The parade had all participants putting their best paws forward. They marched the mile and a half parade down Golf Club Drive in style.
Pensacola resident Sharon Murray dressed up Sparkles as Marilyn Monroe.
"We foster rescue dogs and we like to help any other rescue that we can," she said. "And even though we're from Pensacola, this is benefiting a rescue so we're glad to do it."
Owner Diane Deewaard, also from Pensacola, brought Melody, aka Little Mermaid, and Nicky, who came as Poseidon himself. But reigning in this parade were rags to riches rescues.
Queen Pupseidon the First, was Sadie, escorted by owner Michael Casano. And King Pupseidon the First, was Marley, escorted by owner Elizabeth Singley.
Special guests included Lord Triumph, royal prince of Barkus in New Orleans.
About 50 pooches in all paraded with pride and a lot of colorful costumes. Some on all fours, others with their special floats.
The proceeds from the event will go to support all Coast animal shelters. Organizer Kathy Wilkinson has been a life-long pet lover.
"The abandoned animals ... they get forgotten," she said. "And so to see so many people come out and help us participate in this is just such a thrill. ... We want this to grow and grow so we can make more money these shelters that never have enough money and do so much. And so this is for them."
Of course, there was the royal toast at the end. Queen Sadie was thirsty after the long trip. King Marley was, well, dog tired.