In recent years, many of us have been saddened to see the condition of some of the Mardi Gras parade horses. There seem to be a number of horses working in the city which are not in condition for the work they are being asked to perform, nor have clean or adequate facilities for rest and shelter during their stay in the city in between parades.
Especially at Mardi Gras, when we take to the streets to leave our cares behind, feast with our friends and show off our city's famous hospitality, it is heartbreaking to see these horses looking so poor. We would like to petition the city to adopt an ordinance setting enforceable minimum standards of care, health, hygiene and shelter for any horse working in the City of Mobile.
Mobile, Alabama celebrates Mardi Gras every year. The Mardi Gras Associations lease horses from individuals to ride and use in the Mardi Gras Parades. Currently, there is no regulations, ordinance, requirements, oversight, etc... for the care and/or the facility of these horses.