Laissez les bon temps roulez! It’s Krewe of Barkus Time in McKinney!
Let’s face it, I’m a paw-ty animal and, frankly, I think I have a little Cajun blood flowing through my veins. When Mom showed me that there was going to be a Mardi Gras dog parade and festival, my tail started wagging!
The 2017 Artistic Krewe of Barkus, taking place this Sunday in beautiful Downtown McKinney, will delight both the two-legged and four-legged revelers. Leading the parade will include a Dixieland jazz band, and you know there will be the throwing of Mardi Gras beads, trinkets, candy and you may even find a few yummy dog bones. The paw-ty begins at 12:30 pm, and we know it will be a howling success!
This year’s theme is cool…a salute to our favorite villains. You know how every good story has a bad guy. The Three Pigs had the Big Bad Wolf, the Roadrunner had Wile E Coyote and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians had Cruella de Vil. And, honestly, where would Batman be without The Joker? (By the way, I’m the good guy in my family, while my brother, Valentino, is the villain.) We love that Barkus is paying a growling tribute to some of the favorite villains from books, comics, movies and fairy tales.
During the past 15 years, more than 250 dogs participated in McKinney’s Krewe of Barkus parade, along with more than 4,500 spectators who come to marvel at the costumes and creativity. Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned canines, Krewe of Barkus will feature not only the dog parade, but also vendor booths, activities and, my favorite, animal rescue groups.
The event is free and open to the spectating public. There is a small registration fee for those who wish to participate in the costume contest and parade. The participation fee is $5 per dog and float. Please contact Blynda Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration deadlines and more information. Pre-Registration and confirmation is required to be in the parade.
More than $2,000 in prizes, all donated by the McKinney merchants, will be awarded to costume category winners. PAW-SOME! Prizes will be awarded in each size category (small, medium, large, and huge), for Best Costume, Best Dog & Owner combo/group, Best Float and Best of Show.
Dr. Glenn Mitchell Memorial Park
300 W Louisiana Street
McKinney, TX 75069
From Mitchell Park, the route heads east on Louisiana Street.
Head north on Tennessee Street.
Turn west on Virginia and head back to Mitchell Park.