One of the many things I love about Dallas is how many dog lovers there are in this city. There are so many rescue organizations, including the SPCA where I volunteer. Even in my own neighborhood is filled with dogs, as apparent by the barking houses I pass by on my own dog walks. And there are several events that are canine-centered here, too.
One of those events is the annual Krewe of Barkus parade. It’s held in Downtown McKinney and takes up most of the afternoon the Sunday before Mardi Gras. There are vendors who have booths set up. Most of them are rescue organizations, but there was one that was a carpet cleaning business. I can tell you, they figured out their demographic!
Then, people register their families to walk in the parade. They dress up in different themes and walk their pups around the square, throwing beads, candy, even dog treats. I love seeing all the creative things people do each year.
This event is also special to me because I grew up in New Orleans. I don’t know what made this year especially nostalgic, but these past few weeks, I have really been missing the Mardi Gras parades. I remember some of them would come within a few blocks of my house. I even marched in a few when I was in band in middle school.
While some of the downtown New Orleans parades were more adult-rated, there were several in the surrounding towns that were very family friendly. There was even one done by the local girl and boy scout groups. The Krewe of Barkus reminded me so much of those family-oriented parades. It definitely took me back! Especially the band at the beginning of the parade. Here’s a video clip!
Do you celebrate Mardi Gras? Do you participate in dog events in your area?