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Posted on: January 19, 2024

Krewe of Barkus dog parade in McKinney salutes the best of Texas

Krewe of Barkus

“Barkus Salutes the Lone Star State” will honor the history, culture, cuisine and characters of Texas

McKINNEY, Texas (Jan. 19, 2024) – Downtown McKinney will be boot scootin’ with canine cowboys at the annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and festival Sunday, Feb. 4. The theme of this year’s parade is "Barkus Salutes the Lone Star State," paying homage to the diverse heritage, mouthwatering cuisine, and colorful characters that make Texas truly one-of-a-kind. From the iconic cowboy culture to the lively music scene, this event promises to showcase the very best of Texas. 

Krewe of Barkus begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park, just west of the historic downtown commercial district, where attendees will visit more than 20 pet-related/general vendors. The parade begins at 2 p.m. with more than 300 participating dogs and owners. 

The parade will feature a variety of dog costume award categories, including Best in Show, Most Creative, Best Dog-Owner Combo, Best Group, and Best Use of Theme. Participants are encouraged to let their creativity shine and embrace the Texas spirit.

Patterned after the legendary Krewe of Barkus parade in New Orleans, the McKinney event features a parade, costume contest, vendor booths, and Pawty in the Park, including free activities for the entire family. This year, spectators will be entertained by the music of Unfaded Brass Band, which will perform in the parade and on stage, and animals in need of a home will be up for adoption. The costume contest and float entry fee are $5 per dog or float, and you can register online by Feb. 3 or in person at the event. There is no fee to walk in the parade.

Whether you're a Texan or simply a dog lover looking for a unique experience, Krewe of Barkus is an event not to be missed. Mark your calendars for Sunday, Feb. 4, and join us in celebrating the vibrant spirit of Texas. Let's make Barkus big - the Texas way!

Krewe of Barkus is sponsored by Brandon Tomes Subaru. For more information, visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972-547-2651.


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