Vampire Diaries star Ian Somerhalder has been spending a lot of time in his home state of Louisiana lately. Not only did he and Walking Dead star Norman Reedus co-marshal Mardi Gras 2014 — tossing beads, playing the trombone, and even finding Waldo — but he seemed to have a pretty good time overall.

Credit: Ian Somerhalder on Instagram Photo: Ian Somerhalder and His "Cosmic Sis"

After returning to Atlanta to continue filming TVD, Ian got nostalgic about the Big Easy and went back the next weekend to serve as the Celebrity Monarch of the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws dog parade. Yes, you read that right, a dog parade. But it seems like the second fix of New Orleans wasn’t even enough for the studly actor and he recently posted an adorable throwback pic from the weekend.

“#throwbackthursdays Remembering to enjoy the simple moments. I really now try to live and appreciate them as if they may be my last-safely obviously... As simple as Coffee and Beignets at The Morning Call in New Orleans last Sunday with my cosmic sis @thejram after Mardi Paws Parade... #missinglouisiana,” Ian captioned the Instagram pic.

We’re glad that Ian is living his life with no regrets while keeping everything 100 percent safe. Looks like all this dude needs is some coffee, beignets, and a good friend.

How much do you love Ian’s photo with his “cosmic sis”? Hit the comments and let us know!

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Carson Blackwelder is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!