Krew of Barkus

Artistic Krewe of Barkus 2016

Sunday, February 7th

"Barkus Does Books - A Salute to Your Favorite Characters in Literature"


The 2016 Krewe of Barkus Parade is Coming!

We know every trick in the book when it comes to having a good time!! Join us as Barkus gives a bow-wow to favorite characters in literature. Who will show up this year? It could be an Afghan dressed as Alice in Wonderland, or Sherlock the Schnauzer, Scarlet & Rhett the Shih Tzus, Moby Dick the Mastiff, or a terrier dressed as Oliver Twist. Get creative with the theme and have fun!

There will be a costume contest - proving that you can judge a book by its cover. The contest is limited to 250 dogs and there is a small registration fee to participate in the contest parade, but the event is free and open to the public at no charge.

In addition to the parade and costume contest, there will be vendor booths and other interactive activities. Animal rescue groups will also be present to help worthy dogs find forever homes.

This year's parade will be one "for the books". Barkus is collecting new and gently used books - both children and adults - that will be taken to local shelters and agencies.

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.

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.

Pre-Registration and confirmation is required to be in the parade.

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