NEW ORLEANS — Horses and riders are a staple of any Mardi Gras parade, but sometimes those horses do not have homes after the parades are over. Some organizations are hoping to change that.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is once again teaming up with Cascade Stables to find new owners for 19 parade horses after Mardi Gras.
For many years, Cascade Stables rented out their horses to Mardi Gras krewes for walking and float-filled parades. But as demand grew, the stables had to start buying more than a dozen horses from brokers to fulfill the demand.
After Mardi Gras was over, the stables would have more horses than it could care for and those unadopted horses would be sold back to brokers. Those brokers- whose job is to buy and sell horses - would sometimes resell those horses at auction and some would end up being sold for slaughter.
The 2020 carnival season will be the fourth year that the organizations have teamed up for a formal adoption program. Since the program began, 52 parade horses have been adopted and saved from an uncertain future.
The humane society forms a volunteer group that is responsible for photographing each horse and creating a profile for each animal online. Those volunteers then manage a Facebook page that showcases the horses.
Volunteer counselors than review adoption applications and meet with prospective families to find out if they are a good fit. Adoption fees are collected and turned over to Cascade Stables to help them care and house all of their horses.
For more information, click here to visit the group's Facebook page.