What a day! The weather was perfect, the crowd was huge, and the costumes were off the hook! We were delighted with the support and show of love, celebrating the life of Amanda Kelly. We were proud to be a part of the Benji statue unveiling. I don't think the day could have been more perfect.
Here's a Big Barkus thank you to Patty Brown who kept me focused and sane, Stephanie Farrar, who solicited and gathered prizes from downtown merchants and had wonderful help this year by Carla Sayle, and Paula Hermelyn, who organized and ran the registration & check in, along with Jennifer Dollard, Vanesa Stucki, Shung Pak and many others. Vanesa also coordinated the parade - no small task! Thanks to Laureen Lehman, who stuffed and handled the swag bags, and also kept lines moving along and things running smoothly. Thank you to David Pine, our website guru. Thank you to Monty Day who did anything we asked, including driving the lead truck. All of our krewe helped in the parade as well.
Our judges had a monumental task before them, as always! Thank you to Jessica Hogan, Carla Sayle, & Wendolin Mercado. I don't know how you do it. Our City Events coordinator, Gregory Hearns, was an absolute pleasure to work with as was Andrew Jones, our Cultural District Director. We've got a great team!
Our photographers, Patrick McCormick and Terree Stone, filled in at the last minute and are donating the photos of the event, so we will be emailing or texting them to you in the next few days. Didn't they do a great job?
And the winners were...
Contestants really outdid themselves. this year! Congratulations! Remember, our parade is always the Sunday before Mardi Gras, so next year the date is February 11, 2024.
Put on your boots and hold onto your cowboy hats, we are bringing Barkus back home to celebrate Texas. What's so special about Texas? EVERYTHING! So, in 2024 we are going to celebrate that to the fullest because there is no place quite like this state. Our theme will be - Barkus Salutes The Lone Star State - Celebrating the history, culture, cuisine, and crazy characters of TEXAS. And don't forget the Texas State Fair. Let's do Barkus BIG next year - the Texas way!
Much love to all.....