Krew of Barkus

2019 Krewe of Barkus

When: Sunday, March 3

  • Participants check in at 12 noon. 
  • Parade begins promptly at 2 p.m.


Historic Downtown McKinney
111 N. Tennessee St.
McKinney, TX 75069


2019 will be our 17th annual successful run, and Krewe of Barkus promises to be a howling hoot. In past years, more than 250 dogs participated in the parade alongside more than 4,500 spectators in awe of costumes, creatures 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, interactive activities and more.

2019 Theme

The theme for 2019 will be centered around a genre of television that has infiltrated our culture and become wildly popular. If you are old enough to remember Candid Camera and What’s My Line, or if you are a fan of Survivor, Jersey Shore, Fear Factor, American Idol, Top Chef or The Bachelor / Bachelorette – you are in luck! On March 3, Canines are Keeping it Real – A Barkus Salute to Reality TV-- 

Here are some popular Reality TV show through the years to give you ideas: This Is Your Life, Star Search, America's Funniest Videos, The Crocodile Hunter, The Osbornes, America's Top Model, The Biggest Loser, Dancing With The Stars, The Amazing Race, Real World, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Voice, Shark Tank, Pawn Stars, Hell's Kitchen, Real Housewives, Extreme Makeover, Dance Moms, Duck Dynasty, Say Yes To The Dress,Great British Bakeoff ... And more!

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.

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

Find out where to park in downtown McKinney.

Previous Krewe of Barkus Themes

  • 2018 - The Bark-a-Palooza Tour Around The World
  • 2017 - Barkus Gone Bad – A Salute to Our Favorite Villains
  • 2016 – Barkus Does Books – A Salute To Our Favorite Characters in Literature
  • 2015 – Pooches & Paris – Barkus Salutes All Things French
  • 2014 – Barkus Goes Back in Time – Decked Out By Decade
  • 2013 – Barkus Gets Animated – From Comic to Cartoons, A Salute to the Characters that Tickle our Funnybones
  • 2012 – All American Barkus – A Salute To Presidents, Pioneers, & Pawtriots
  • 2011 – Happy Tails To You – Barkus Salutes Texas & The Wild, Wild West
  • 2010 – Fairy Tails & Love Stories – Barkus Does Romance (this one fell on Valentine’s Day)
  • 2009 – Tailevision – Classic TV Gone To The Dogs
  • 2008 – Rock & Roll Pawl of Fame
  • 2007 – Hounds Go To Hollywood