McKINNEY – Downtown McKinney is looking for beagles to boogie and dalmations to disco at the 12th annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and costume contest Sunday, March 2. Pooches are encouraged to celebrate the fads, fashion, music, and entertainment that kept tails wagging in the ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s.

Krewe of Barkus: Barkus Goes Back in Time begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park, just west of the Historic Downtown commercial district. The parade begins at 2 p.m. Patterned after the legendary Krewe of Barkus parade in New Orleans, the McKinney event features a parade, costume contest, vendor booths and Pawty in the Park, which includes free activities for the entire family. In past years, more than 200 dogs marched in the parade for as many as 4,500 spectators.

The costume contest and float entry fee is $5 per dog or float, and pre-registration is required. To register, contact the Art Institute of McKinney at by Feb. 23. Include the dog’s name, color and breed, along with the owner’s name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Prizes will be awarded for each size (small, medium, large and exceptionally large) for Best Costume, Best Dog and Owner Combo, Best Decade, and overall Best of Show.

For more information, visit or call 972-547-2661. This event is sponsored in part by McKinney Main Street, Art Institute of McKinney, Brandon Tomes Subaru, Raising Canes Chicken Fingers, Rover Resort, Celtic-K9 Trainer, Canine Cookie Company and the McKinney Animal Hospital.


About McKinney

McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population exceeding 149,000. Incorporated in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers rolling hills, lush trees, a historic downtown square and unique neighborhoods and developments. The city ranks No. 2 on the Money Magazine Best Places to Live list for 2012. Visit the city’s website at