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Animal Life: Protecting Your Pets From Mardi Gras Noise

Jason Saul
Carnival revelers enjoying the Thoth parade on Magazine Street. Dogs are prohibited from parade routes (except Barkus, of course).

We all know what it takes to get a shoe at Muses: a good costume and lots of racket. 

Between the marching bands, crowd noise and curbside speakers blasting "The Wobble," Mardi Gras is noisy. Dogs can hear high pitched frequencies at a greater range than humans. The barrage of Mardi Gras noise can leave them overwhelmed and over stimulated.

That's why it's illegal in New Orleans to bring a dog to a parade. With the exception of the Barkus parade, dogs are not allowed within two hundred yards of a parade route while it rolls and for one hour before or after.

As you prepare for Mardi Gras season, make sure your pets have a safe, quiet place to hide out during the parades. Then go scream until somebody gives you a bedazzled shoe. 

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