Even animals welcome to celebrate select Fat Tuesday event in Cocoa Village
By Meagan McGone
BREVARD -- In Cocoa Village, not only humans will be partying like animals to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.
The Central Brevard Humane Society will put on its 7th Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park on Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon to 3 p.m. at Riverfront Park in historic Cocoa Village. The free, family-oriented event for animals and humans alike will feature pet contests, a demonstration from the Brevard County Sheriff Office's Paws & Stripes Cadets, a Mardi Gras Parade of Pets, live entertainment, vendors and more.
In addition, one male and one female pet will each be crowned as the furry king and queen of the park.
Eileen Cole, media relations manager for the Central Brevard Humane Society, said sponsorships for Mardi Gras Paws in the Park are still available at all levels, ranging in pricing from $100 to $1,000. Businesses can be a part of the vendor village for $50, and rescue groups may participate for no charge, pending space availability. Vendors and rescue groups must supply their own tables, chairs, promotional materials, display racks and setup staff.
"Mardi Gras Paws in the Park is a free animal- and family-friendly event for pet lovers, young and the young at heart," Ms. Cole said.
The event will be held as part of the City of Cocoa Leisure Service's 21st Annual Cocoa Village Mardi Gras, which will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. and feature two stages of live music and entertainment, as well as vendors. A parade, complete with scattered beads and multiple jazz and blues performances will also be featured as part of the celebration. Headlining the celebration will be the Soul Rebels, a contemporary, eight-piece brass ensemble from New Orleans. The band is known for incorporating elements of soul, jazz, funk, hip-hop, rock and pop music within a contemporary brass-band framework.
For the Saturday event, advanced tickets cost $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger; day-of tickets will cost $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.
At Paws in the Park, animals must be on a leash and have proof of current shots, along with a county tag.
For more information about the 7th Annual Mardi Gras Paws in the Park, contact the Central Brevard Humane Society at (321) 636-3343 or visit www.crittersavers.com.
For more information about the Cocoa Village Mardi Gras, call (321) 639-3500 or visit www.cocoamardigras.com.