Mardi Gras is going to the dogs once again in Apalachicola. The third annual Mardi Gras parade begins at 5:30 on Friday evening, Jan. 31, at the corner of Commerce Street and Avenue F and winds its way to Riverfront Park. This family-friendly procession, part of a Mardi Gras weekend sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, ends at the park with more Cajun music, gumbo, and fun for everyone.

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers, a parade unit made up of dogs and their people, has selected Michael Allen, of Oyster Radio, to be their Grand Marshall and he will be leading the way for every dog who's lucky enough to have a human escort. The theme for this year's parade is "Sea Dogs" so you may see dogs and people dressed as pirates, mermaids, or sharks, as well as the usual Mardi Gras madness.

The public is invited to join the parade. Many participants will be walking, driving golf carts, pulling wagons, pushing strollers or coming up with their own unique forms of transportation. Registration on parade day is $5. per person, $20. for golf carts, and dogs are free. You may pre-register or get more information at the Oyster Cook-Off or by calling Kayd at 850-370-6041 or Caroline at 850-670-5064.

All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity of Franklin County and that's a dog-gone good cause.