Krew of Barkus

Artistic Krewe of Barkus 2017

Sunday, February 26th

"Barkus Goes Bad - A Salute to Our Favorite Villains"


The 2017 Krewe of Barkus Parade is Coming!

Every good story has a bad guy. The Three Pigs had the Big Bad Wolf, the Roadrunner had Wile E Coyote, 101 Dalmatians had Cruella de Vil, and where would Batman be without The Joker? Join us on February 26, 2017 as Barkus pays a growling tribute to some of our favorite villains from books, comics, movies, and fairy tales. We will be sniffing out evil and going bad - in a fun way.

This is the 15th annual Krewe of Barkus parade and it promises to be another howling success. In past years, more than 250 dogs participated in the parade alongside more than 4,500 spectators who come to marvel at the costumes and creativity. Patterned after the Mystic Krewe of Barkus in New Orleans, which was established to help abused and abandoned canines, Krewe of Barkus will feature a parade, vendor booths, and interactive activities. Animal rescue groups will also be present to help worthy dogs find forever homes.

The event is free and open to the public at no charge. There is a small registration fee for those who wish to participate in the costume contest. Pre-Registration and confirmation is required to be in the parade.

To register for the parade, contact Blynda Christian at or register with our online form! We'll need your name & contact info, as well as info on your dogs and their costume. Floats (decorated wagons) can also be entered.

Over $2,000 in prizes donated by the merchants of McKinney will be awarded to costume category winners. Prizes will be awarded in each size category (small, medium, large, and huge), for Best Costume, Best Dog & Owner combo/group, Best Float, and Best of Show.

Participants check-in at Mitchell Park at 12.30. Parade begins promptly at 2 p.m.

Cost is $5 per dog and/float. Email information to Blynda and mail a check to:

AIM Barkus Parade
c/o Blynda Christian
214 Sparrow Hawk Drive
McKinney, TX 75070

For information about vendors, contact McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660