Krew of Barkus

Artistic Krewe of Barkus Parade

Sunday, February 23, 2020

A Barkus Salute to Popular Music Icons: Puppies Go Pop

Thank you to everyone that participated in the 18th Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade – A Barkus Salute to Popular Music: Puppies Go Pop! We were so happy to be back home in Mitchell Park! We had great vendors and spectators who helped fill it up and help us celebrate, as was our favorite Dixieland Jazz Band – Razzmatazz.

Here’s a Big Barkus thank you to Amanda Kelly, prize & parade organizer, who I couldn’t not do this without, Stephanie Farrar, who solicits and gathers prizes from downtown merchants, and Susan Mouser, who organizes and runs the registration & check in. Patty Brown, my sis-in-love from Phoenix, flies out every year to help and keeps me sane – or tries to. Thanks to Laureen Lehman, who stuffed and handled the swag bags, and also kept lines moving along and things running smoothly with Lorna, Melissa, and Elizabeth. Thank you to David Pine, our website guru. Thank you also to Paula, Monte, Vanesa, and Josh, our volunteers who filled in wherever we needed them. Our judges had a monumental task before them, as always! Thank you to Jessica Hogan, Carla Sayle, Wendolin Mercado, and David Palmer. I don’t know how you do it. Thank you to Joe McSpadden, who let us use his truck, just minutes before the parade....whew! Our Mainstreet team, Amy Rosenthal, Andrew Jones, and Aaron Werner were absolute pleasures to work with, as always. We had a great event and were picked up on Channel 11 and Channel 4! 

Our photographer, Mark Nardecchia at Shagly Photography, has done such a good job for us for years! He will let us know when pics are ready and available for purchase. His website is

And the winners were….

  • Best of Show – The Lady Godiva Memorial Award

o Elton John – Ramses the singing mastiff with Donna DeYoung

  • Best Float

o 1st Barkney Spears, The Pet Me Baby One More Time Tour – Daisy with Alisa Meli & Tamra Alami

o 2nd Michael Jazzson, King of Pup – Jazz with Dari Partain

o 3rd Pop Stars of the 60’s & 70’s – Paco, Pearl, Prissy, & Piper with Amy Cox

  • Best Group Effort

o 1st “Ice, Ice Baby” Vanilla Ice with the cast from Frozen – Scout, with Karen Rose & the crew from McKinney Youth Onstage

o 2nd ZZTopDog – Peps with Adah Leah Wolf & Duane Brown

o 3rd The Spice Girls – Beltre with Jamie Perrenoud & family

  • Best Dog/Owner Combo

o 1st Prince and Purple Rain – Zuri with Heather Ferguson

o 2nd Elton Dog with Yappaha piano, Pupparazzi & Security – Thor with Lisa Herrick and Tristyn Mevawala

o 3rd Brad Paisley – Blu with Brenda Watson and Hayden

  • Best Use of Theme

o 1st KISS/Gene Simmons – Super Joey with Donna Francis

o 2nd The Village People – Bellatrix, Tillie, Sophie, & Sheamus with Jamie Berg and crew

o 3rd Earth Wind & Fire (Hydrant) “September” – Harper Lee with Aimee Brown

  • Judges’ Award

o 1st Madonna – Lillie LaRue with Jan Nelms

o 2nd Hairy Connick Jr – Scout with Todd & Sandra Lawhorn

o 3rd The Bee Gees – Rico & Baloo with Elke Vassen

  • Most Memorable/Creative

o 1st Grease/Olivia Newton John and Pink Ladies – Azure with Julie Miller and crew

o 2nd Madonna – Mia with Aaron Pratt and kids

o 3rd Mardi Gras Krewe – Lala with Elizabeth Miller and crew

Contestants continue to blow me away with their creativity. You guys make this the best event in McKinney! Remember, our parade is always the Sunday before Mardi Gras. The 19th Annual Krewe of Barkus Parade will be held Sunday, February 14, 2021. It’s Valentine’s Day and we’ll be feeling all the love!

The theme for 202 is Valentines from Barkus: All We Need Is Love

Think about the great love stories

  • Historical – Napoleon & Josephine, Anthony & Cleopatra
  • Literary – Romeo & Juliet, Rhett & Scarlet, Elizabeth & Mr Darcy
  • Movies – Lady & The Tramp, Shrek & Fiona
  • Celebrity – Beyonce & Jay Z, Harry & Meghan
  • Art – Frida & Diego, Picasso &....lots of women, but mainly himself

The possibilities are endless. Start planning now and come back and see us next year on Valentine’s Day – All you need is LOVE!