If you are looking for a unique Mardi Gras experience, grab some beads and watch as pets across Brevard unleash their inner party animal. The Brevard Humane Society’s Mardi Gras “Paws in the Park” event is uniquely designed for canines as well as their two-legged companions. Now in its 12th year, this annual celebration will be held at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village, on the Sunday following Fat Tuesday, February 18th.

“Every year, we look forward to presenting this time-honored event and deeply appreciate the participation of and contributions from our city and community,” stated Theresa Clifton, Executive Director of Brevard Humane Society. “If it has fur, feathers or some unique connection to the animal kingdom, you owe it to your furry family member to join in the Mardi Party fun that only occurs once a year.”

The festivities begin at 11:00am as pets don their best costumes and line up for a parade through the park. After the parade, pets may enter the “Best Trick”, “Companion Look-A-Like”, and “Best Costume” contests while their humans enjoy vendors, baked goods, animal rescue organizations, and a silent auction. The main highlight at the “tail” end of the celebration is the coronation pageant where the King and Queen of Mardi Gras, Jim and Trisha Frazier, will crown their royal companions. This year’s local celebrity judges will also include Cocoa Councilwoman Brenda Warner and Astronaut Michael McCulley.  Additional entertainment will be provided by Pet Psychic Robin Higgins, “Nowhere to Rum” Band, and Swift Paws Lure Course.

Mardi Gras “Paws in the Park” is open to the public and admission is free. Goodie bags are limited to the first 300 in attendance. All proceeds raised will directly benefit the homeless animals of the Brevard Humane Society. For more information, regarding this event please call 321.636.3343 ext. 218 or visit: