Celebrity Grand Marshal Kriss Fairbairn of WDSU-TV6, along with her husband Col. John Fortunato and son Nicholas, were part of the over 10,000 spectators and almost 500 costumed dogs that crowded the Mandeville Lakefront Sunday, February 10, to celebrate Mardi Paws.

Costume Contest Judges Leslie Boudreaux, Sharon Scheib and Becky Vest took their difficult jobs in stride during Mardi Paws, which benefits two of the Northshore’s volunteer nonprofits aimed toward helping children and animals alike: Have a Heart thru Art & the St. Tammany Spay & Neuter Program.

George & Leah McKenna Museum of African Art founder Dr. Dwight McKenna and Museum Executive Director and Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis hosted the museum’s grand re-opening February 22-23. The Grand Fête took place on Friday, with a family day on Saturday that included the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Fair sponsored by the Young Friends Society of African Diasporan Institutions.

Jennifer Williams, Jo-Ann Enwezer, Marcus Green and Jewel Bush attended the re-opening which featured J’Renee’s “A Glass Menagerie: Works on Reverse Glass.” And “Santiago de Cuba: Rebirth & Congas en la Calle,” a collection of photographs taken of Rebirth Brass Band as the performed in Cuba with groups similar to New Orleans social aid and pleasure clubs.

Uptown Gallery Director Gavin Rush (not pictured) at the opening of an exhibit of selected works by artists: with artists Marc Ball, Karen Edmunds, Tim Trapolin, Lisa Osborn and Carol Leake. The exhibit runs through May 10.

At their annual client holiday party at the Windsor Court on January 14, Carolyn Rareshide, Debbie Lacoste Kathy Touchy, Sharon Sahuque, Michelle Monette, Gail Millet and Myra Gauger took part in fourth consecutive year that Blue Williams, L.L.P., and its employees collected gifts for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

Sgt. Terri Fairman, Blue Williams Partner Steve M. Pizzo, Staff Sgt. Charles Reynolds, Blue Williams Partner Ric Poirier and Sgt. Shawn Joyner during the presentation of more than 400 new toys. “This year we presented the Marines with over 100 more toys than last year. Our goal for next year is 500 toys,” said Pizzo.