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Brazos Pets Alive! (BPA!) and New Republic Brewing Company, with support from Lucky Dogs DIY Dog Wash, host MardiGROWL from 5 to 9pm on Friday, February 21.

Brazos Pets Alive! (BPA!) and New Republic Brewing Company, with support from Lucky Dogs DIY Dog Wash, host MardiGROWL from 5 to 9pm on Friday, February 21.

This family- and pet-friendly event will welcome animal and craft beer lovers throughout Bryan and College Station. It will feature live jazz music and a local food truck in addition to pet costume contests, raffle baskets with items from local businesses, other local animal organizations and other fun activities. Proceeds from the sale of custom glasses and other items will benefit BPA!

Singer/songwriter Matt Jones will perform and Raspas El Payasito food truck will be selling tacos, including vegetarian options. Lemonade and iced tea will be provided at no cost thanks to Raising Canes on Texas Ave. Guests are encouraged to dress in Mardi Gras inspired outfits (but please keep it family-friendly!).

Guests can earn beads (while supplies last) for actions taken at the event including:

  • ·      Sharing the event on Facebook or Twitter (prior to event; send/show screen shot for confirmation)
  • ·      Purchasing a custom pint glass for $5
  • ·      Purchasing a raffle ticket(s)
  • ·      Providing an item(s) from our wish list
  • ·      Making a monetary donation
  • ·      Visiting booths from other organizations
  • ·      Sharing a photo on a social profile during the event and tagging us

The guest with the most beads at 8:30pm will receive a special prize.

BPA! also welcomes local animal organizations including Bryan Animal Center, Handfuls on Purpose Enterprises Animal Shelter, Long Way Home Animal Sanctuary and Patriot Paws of Aggieland . If you’re looking for a new family member, adoptable animals will be there!

The costume contest will be Mardi Gras themed and entries will be accepted through Facebook and email. More information can be found on BPA!’s website. Categories will include:

  • ·      Best cat costume
  • ·      Best dog costume
  • ·      Man’s Best Friend: coordinated owner and dog/cat costumes
  • ·      Split household: coordinated cat and dog costumes
  • ·      People’s Choice (based on Facebook likes)

The New Republic Brewing Company is an Aggie-owned-and-operated small craft brewery located at 11405 N. Dowling Rd., Unit H in College Station.

Brazos Pets Alive! is dedicated to making the Brazos Valley a no-kill area for shelter pets through volunteers, fosters and local partnerships. Many of the most vulnerable animals in shelters include un-weaned and young kittens and puppies, feral cats and animals with medical emergencies. A no-kill designation requires a 90 percent survival rate for all animals that enter animal shelters. Austin currently is the largest no-kill city in the United States and BPA! is looking to expand that momentum east to the Brazos Valley.

Please note: all dogs MUST be on a leash and up-to-date on vaccinations.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/1437388196493553/ or brazospetsalive.org/2014/02/17/mardigrowl/