Downtown McKinney will be crawling with mischief as the 15th annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and festival celebrates our favorite villains Sunday, Feb. 26. Every good story has a bad guy and this year’s theme, Barkus Gone Bad – A Salute to Our Favorite Villains, encourages our four-legged canines to bust out their ruff side for a barking good time.
Krewe of Barkus begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park, just west of the Historic Downtown commercial district, where attendees will visit with over 40 pet-related/general vendors and can grab a bite to eat. The parade begins at 2 p.m. 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, which includes free activities for the entire family. This year, spectators will be entertained by the music of the Dixieland Razzmajazz Band that will perform in the parade and on stage.
The costume contest and float entry fee is $5 per dog or float, and pre-registration by Feb. 23 is required. There is no fee to walk in the parade. For more information, visit the Krewe of Barkus website or call 972-547-2661. This event is sponsored in part by McKinney Main Street, Brandon Tomes Subaru, Camp Bow Wow - McKinney, McKinney Animal Hospital, Canine Cookie Company, D&L Farm and Home, KLAK, Rover Resort, Q.care On-Demand Health Care and Country Dog Services.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of more than 168,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.