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GoNOLA Instagram Pick of the Week: Paws on Parade

The Paws on Parade dog sculptures in New Orleans are both decorative and for a good cause, benefiting the Louisiana SPCA.

Over the past year, you have probably noticed large, round decorative dogs popping up all over the city of New Orleans. These are not merely sculptures to contribute culture and beauty to our city, as some may assume. These sponsored Mardi Gras bead dog sculptures actually have a message and are working for a cause. That cause is the Louisiana SPCA and the project is “Paws on Parade.” The bead dog molds were initially Haydel’s Bakery’s mascot, inspired by the childhood practice of transforming Mardi Gras beads into canine figurines. Haydel’s has generously donated them to be sponsored and decorated by locals. If a dog is not yet sponsored, it will be available for purchase at an invite-only auction in City Park this month benefiting the SPCA.  But these sculptures are not just contributing monetarily. They also work to spread the word about the dire need for support and homes for abandoned animals. So before they are whisked away this month, make sure you take a minute to enjoy their beauty and what they stand for.  For more information, you can check out the Louisiana SPCA’s Web site.

Photo by Dave Mora

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