Mystic Mutts made for muddy, yet merry Mardi Gras

There were many soggy paws and a lot of shaking in Fairhope Sunday, Sunday 23. An unfortunately timed storm made for some slick pups at the Mystic Mutts of Revelry parade.

“This is the first time I remember it raining. It’s terrible for little dogs,” Fran Lucas, a parade watcher, said.

Despite the downpour downtown, it didn’t dampen the spirits of people who were determined to be there.

“This is our favorite thing to do every year,” Lucas said. “We come to the Mardi Gras dog parade in Fairhope.”

“Not quite the weather, but we had a lot of parade participants,” Joni Euler, chair of the parade, said. “People love a Mardi Gras parade and they will come out in this weather to support The Haven.”

Euler said more than 225 dogs made their way down the streets of Fairhope alongside their humans.

“That’s pretty good. Last year we had over 300 hundred (dogs) and the sun was shining. So that just goes to tell you that people really come out and support The Haven no matter the weather conditions,” Euler said.

“We have so many wonderful, animal-loving people here in Fairhope that like to participate in this and that’s what makes it fun too,” Jo Owen, one of the volunteer, said. “And even in this horrible weather, people still came out today. So we appreciate all that the Fairhope people do for the animals.”

The parade serves as the largest fundraiser for the group that works to rescue and adopt out hundreds of animals each year.

“We’ve been doing this for 11 years. It’s rained a couple of times, unfortunately, at this event, but it’s amazing to see the people that do come out when it does rain. But we do hope next year is going to be a sunny day,” Executive Director Michael Graham said.

The dogs would probably agree.

Graham said they hoped to raise about $18,000 for The Haven. They’ll find out how much the rain affected donations on Monday.

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