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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..
…followed by an assortment of locals who have outdone themselves dressing up their dogs.
Costumes range from matching those of young owners…
…through to the always popular fire-fighters…
…one, quite perky…
…but still retaining a sense of purpose as he marched briskly on.
There was also a traditional fire-engine "spotted dog" - a pretend Dalmatian.
There were some unlikely looking rescue dogs...
…while others were obviously just party-dogs, bedecked with Mardi Gras coloured feathers…
It is a patriotic event, with national icons…
…and lots of red, white and blue…
…and stars and stripes…
…though some of it was more pink than red - maybe the colours ran in the wash!
There was even a patriot leading the Nasdogs.
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.
Others were just plain “too too” – in tutus…
..or having really gone “over the top”, with all-over body paint.
Higgins Hounds capitalized on the Hogans Heroes TV series…
..escorted by a camouflage hound.
Some owners had suggestions … like this of "...just send dogs - they don't blow things us"
…and others were just root-tooting along.
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.
Here is a video:
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.
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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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