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Festival: Krewe of Barkus

Where:  Mitchell Park
300 W. Louisiana St.
McKinney, TX 75069
When:  Feb 11
12:304pm; parade at 2pm.
Price:  Free for spectators; parade registration is $5 per dog or float.
Phone:  972/547-2660
Map:  Click for map
Area pets are off to the races during the Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade and Costume Contest as Downtown McKinney calls on all four-legged canine friends and their best buddies to share in the excitement.

Embarking on its 16th annual successful run, Krewe of Barkus promises to be a howling hoot. The 2018 theme is The Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World - Celebrating Countries & Cultures Across the Globe.

Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned canines, Krewe of Barkus will feature a parade, vendor booths, interactive activities and more.

Registration: $5 per dog or float. For example, $10 for two dogs. Must be pre-registered and pre-paid by Thursday, February 8. The costume parade is limited to 250 dogs with a small entry fee, but the Pawty in the Park and on the Square is open to all at no charge.

Costume prizes will be awarded in each size group (small, medium, large and really large) for Best Costume, Best Dog and Owner Combo, and overall Best of Show. This year’s top honor will be crowned King of the Hill. Over $2,000 in prizes donated by the merchants of McKinney will be awarded to costume category winners.

At Mitchell Park, enjoy 

-Dog costume contest with fantastic prizes

-Pooch selfie stand

-Dog rescues for adoption

-Live entertainment from The Razzmajazz Dixieland Jazz Band

-Delicious Cajun food available from Cajun Tailgators

-Lots of exhibitors featuring dog related products and services

-Parade with over 300 dogs and owners

-Post-event street party on East Louisiana

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