The Krewe Of Barkus isn’t like your other Mardi Gras Parade. This one has gone to the dogs. Man’s best friend is the center of this parade through the streets of the French Quarter with their humans simply as their escorts.
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus was first created in November 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr (WDSU-TV Weather Anchor) Fan Club held at Good Friends Bar. Thomas Wood brought his dog "Jo Jo McWood," but people complained about the dog's neurotic ways while in the meeting. Thomas decided to make Jo Jo McWood the Queen of her own parade and captain-for-life, as a way to get back at them. Thus, the Krewe of Barkus was born! The following year, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus also became a non-profit organization benefitting animal organizations in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.
Barkus is a real, licensed Mardi Gras Krewe. Your dog can be part of the celebration, registration information is available on their website and on the day of the event. For humans, there is a Barkus Royal Ball.