POLAR BEAR JUMP OFF FESTIVAL (SEWARD, AK) / JANUARY 20
Seward, AK hosts the annual Polar Bear Jump-off weekend, which includes a variety of unique competitions, such as the waitress & waiter contest, goofy golf, and bed-making contest. The festival has continued to grow and prosper since 1986, and all proceeds go to the Alaska Division of the American Cancer Society. The highlight of the festival is to take the "Plunge" into Resurrection Bay.
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BARKUS MARDI GRAS PARADE (NEW ORLEANS, LA) / JANUARY 27**
From 10:30am to 2pm, the city known for its debauchery celebrates its canine companions in the amazingly colorful Barkus parade. The parade will take place at Armstrong Park, where doggies and owners can convene and make some new friends, of the human and animal variety. Be sure to stay after the parade for the after-Pawty in the park. Click here for more info