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Krewe of Barkus Parade

One of the most adorable parades that takes place during Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the Krewe of Barkus Parade. This parade has definitely gone to the dogs…literally. This year’s parade rolls on Sunday, February 20, 2022 at 2pm and starts at Armstrong Park (N. Rampart at St. Ann) and parades through the French Quarter. This year’s Theme is “Barkingham Palace: Barkus is Going for the Crown!”

Krewe of Barkus History

This is the only carnival Krewe in New Orleans for the canine population. The Krewe was founded in 1992 and became a non-profit organization in 1993. The parade was envisioned by Thomas Wood at a Margaret Orr Fan Club meeting at Good Friends Bar where members complained that Thomas’ pet was neurotic. In response, Thomas Wood created the Krewe of Barkus parade and made his pet, Jo Jo McWood, the Queen of her own parade and captain for life. Thus, a canine tradition joined Mardi Gras.

arkus Parade Wizard of Oz | New Orleans Local

You will have a BARKING Good Time

We all love our canine pets, so what is better than a parade honoring man’s best friend? This parade is very similar to a human parade, except that the royal court is filled with dogs instead of humans. Parade goers will enjoy great bands and dance crews, but the dogs are the show stoppers. The human owners will walk, pull and strut through the French Quarter with their costumed and bedazzled pets. Beads, cups and YES even dog treats will be thrown to everyone on the parade route. This is one of the best parades for children, especially if they love dogs. The Krewe of Barkus is one of the best ways to spend a Sunday afternoon with great music, beads, and of course a lots and lots of adorable dogs of all sizes, shapes and costumes.

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Barkus Parade Duchess | New Orleans Local

New Orleans Local Calendar of Events.

New Orleans Local is your best resource for the latest events happening around the city. If you like the theater, we’ve got you covered with all sorts of great safe events and lots of virtual events. Whether you are looking for festivals, parties, theater, charity events or events for kids, we have everything you need to be in the “know.”  Our Calendar of Events welcomes any organization or business to submit events and happenings – HERE – to help let our community know what is happening around town. Everybody knows about Mardi Gras, but do they know about the latest charitable event, local marathons, holiday events, or reveillon dinners? Submit your event with a great photo, so we can let people know what events you want to help to promote in the New Orleans area.  Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

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