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Mardi Gras Krewe of Barkus

In the 12 days leading up to the big New Orleans Mardi Gras Parade, there are many parades each day.

One of the most delightfully “N’awlins” is the dog parade – wandering through the French Quarter is a tail of delight for onlookers – though not sure the dogs all agree – though they seem to enjoy the attention.

Naturally it starts with a band..

Band at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…followed by an assortment of locals who have outdone themselves dressing up their dogs.

Costumes range from matching those of young owners…

Dogs & children dressed alike at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…through to the always popular fire-fighters…

Small firefighters at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…one, quite perky…

Fire fighting hound at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…but still retaining a sense of purpose as he marched briskly on.

Purposeful firefighter at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

There was also a traditional fire-engine "spotted dog" - a pretend Dalmatian.

Pretend Dalmatian at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

There were some unlikely looking rescue dogs...

K-9 heroes at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…while others were obviously just party-dogs, bedecked with Mardi Gras coloured feathers…

Mardi Gras feather hound at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…and beads.

Mardi Gras bead hound at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

It is a patriotic event, with national icons…

Andrews sisters at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…and lots of red, white and blue…

Patriotic dogs at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…and stars and stripes…

Stars and stripes at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…though some of it was more pink than red - maybe the colours ran in the wash!

Pink poodle at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

There was even a patriot leading the Nasdogs.

Patriotic dalmation at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

One went for a more formal approach. He reminded me of the quote from Robert Benchley:

Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children,

as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length

that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other.

Formal dachshund at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

Others were just plain “too too” – in tutus…

Tutu hounds at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

..or having really gone “over the top”, with all-over body paint.

Purple dog at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

Higgins Hounds capitalized on the Hogans Heroes TV series…

Higgins hounds at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

..escorted by a camouflage hound.

Camouflage dog at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

Some owners had suggestions … like this of "...just send dogs - they don't blow things us"

Send dogs message at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

…and others were just root-tooting along.

Boogie dog at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

Each year the parade of the The Mystical Krewe of Barkus grows. It is a parade of the people as well as a parade of the pooches and has the ability to put smiles on every face.

Brass band at Krewe of Barkus Parade New Orleans

Here is a video:

Barkus

As Samuel Butler wrote in his “Notebooks”:

The great pleasure of a dog

is that you may make a fool of yourself with him

and not only will he not scold you,

but he will make a fool of himself too.


More New Orleans pages:

New Orleans Jazz Funeral

New Orleans Audubon Zoo

New Orleans Mardi Gras

New Orleans Creole Mass

New Orleans The French Quarter

New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon

New Orleans Performers

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