Sunday, February 11th
"The Bark-a-palooza Tour Around The World"
The 2018 Krewe of Barkus Parade is Coming!
Krewe of Barkus is one of the most popular events in our community. This annual dog parade is a McKinney tradition, and due to weather, this afternoon we decided to move the activities for Sunday, February 11 inside McKinney Performing Arts Center.
Sponsors will have the opportunity to set-up inside MPAC, and the parade portion of the event has been moved to the Courtroom Theater. Dogs will have the chance to model their costumes on the stage. Essentially now, it's 'Dogs on the Catwalk.' And, $2,000 worth of prizes from downtown McKinney will be awarded to category winners.
City Departments were alerted this afternoon to help with logistics and spread information. All street closures have been canceled, and we are working with Communications and Marketing to update the media information about this change.
Sponsors will set-up at MPAC beginning at 1 p.m., and registration for dogs begins at 2 p.m.
Musicians from Razzmajazz Dixieland Jazz Band will entertain participants in the Courtroom Theater prior to the contest. This event is free and open to the public; however, the Courtroom Theater has limited seating capacity.
We will continue to evaluate conditions overnight and early Sunday, February 11 morning. In the event of dangerous road conditions, we will cancel all Krewe of Barkus activities at MPAC. The decision to cancel will be made at 8 a.m.
We will be traveling, so choose a country. You won't need a passport for this journey, but it will be the trip of a lifetime! Barkus 2018 will be roving through seven continents - 195 countries. What is your heritage? Where have you traveled? Where would you like to go? Pick a place and help us celebrate . . . the native dress, food, music, and traditions of countries and cultures around world. Get out your lederhosen, panchos, kimonos, berets, and kilts, and get ready to howl! We are having a festival of nations and calling it "The Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World - Celebrating Countries & Cultures Across the Globe."
This is the 16th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. Judges will be looking for how you take the theme this year and get creative.
Participants check-in at Mitchell Park at 12.30. Parade begins promptly at 2 p.m.
Cost is $5 per dog and/float. Example: 2 dogs = $10, 1 dog + 1 float = $10
Email information to Blynda and pay with PayPal online or mail a check to:AIM Barkus Parade
For information about vendors, contact McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660
Blynda will email parade procedures to all registrants. You must be registered to be in the parade. Check in at 12:30 and parade is at 2.