The Mystic Krewe of Barkus – the only Mardi Gras krewe in New Orleans for the canine population – returns to Armstrong Park this Sunday, February 8. Founded in 1993, the non-profit Mystic Krewe of Barkus donates the proceeds of its annual parade registration fees, merchandise sales, and ball profits to worthy animal welfare groups.
Be it known, the captain hereby appoints the splendid Queen, Ashley Renaudin, Her Majesty XXIII, as an out-of-this-world example of canine patience while waiting eight long months for her forever home; now she can comfortably curl in laps like Princess Leia’s side hair buns after her miraculous meeting with her humanoid father, Jon Renaudin, who was her only chance for liberation from the dark force and black hole of homelessness; she cares not who her bio parents are, as her real family of quad-peds and bi-peds renewed her heart and empowered her faithfulness in real love; May Her Majesty always be a grateful and loyal one as The Force is with Queen Barkus 2015.
These groups, most of whom volunteer to staff the krewe events, are selected by the Board of Directors and must be non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations actively engaged in animal welfare. This year’s parade theme is Barkus Wars: Return of the K9.