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MANDEVILLE, La. -- Crowds flocked to the Mandeville lakefront Sunday for the Mardi Paws Parade.

Actor and Mandeville native Ian Somerhalder was the grand marshal. He's played roles in Vampire Diaries and Lost.

Proceeds from the parade will go to help local animal charities, including Somerhalder's foundation, which helps no-kill shelters and groups that train service animals.

Northshore Bureau Chief Ashley Rodrigue was there with her dog, Tater Tot, who was dressed as Cher from the '80s.

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