On Sunday, March 1, Ian Somerhalder will be back in town for the Mardi Paws dog parade that takes place in St. Tammany at the end of each Mardi Gras season. This year the parade is moving from Mandeville to Covington. The theme of this year’s parade is Beyond All Boundaries: Exploring Sea, Air & Space. Participants are encouraged to come dressed as everything from mermaids to astronauts. More details can be found at www.MardiPaws.com. There’s a $25 registration fee per dog, which must be in costume, and up to six humans can accompany each four-legged friend. Human escorts are encouraged to dress to suit the theme, too. Spectators of both the human and canine variety are welcome at no charge, and the business community of Covington is ready to welcome them for drinks, meals, shopping and other activities throughout the afternoon.