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Posted on: February 17, 2022

Krewe of Barkus parade of pooches returns to downtown McKinney

Dog costume party and parade celebrates 20 years of fun

McKINNEY, Texas (Feb. 17, 2022) – Downtown McKinney is sure to be a howling good time at the 20th annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and festival Sunday, Feb. 27. This year's theme is "A Walk Down Memory Lane." Everyone is encouraged to choose a previous theme for their canine costumes, including movies, music, history, cultures, and cartoons.

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 more than 30 pet-related/general vendors and can grab a bite to eat from Mr. B’s Gumbo & Mo. The parade begins at 2 p.m. with more than 300 participating dogs and owners. Dog costume awards will be chosen for:

  • Best in Show
  • Most Creative
  • Best Dog-Owner Combo
  • Best Group
  • Best Use of Theme

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 The Big Easy Brass Band that will perform in the parade and on stage.  

The costume contest and float entry fee are $5 per dog or float, and you can register online by Feb. 26 or in person at the event. There is no fee to walk in the parade.

For more information, visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972-547-2651