Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World celebrates cultures far and wide

Downtown McKinney will be celebrating cultures from around the world at the 16th annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and festival Sunday, Feb. 11. This year’s theme is "The Bark-A-Palooza Tour Around the World - Celebrating Countries & Cultures Across the Globe" and everyone is encouraged to choose a country to use as inspiration for costumes and decor. Be it your heritage, somewhere you've been, or where you'd really like to go, this is going to be the festival of nations.

Krewe of Barkus begins at 12:30 p.m. at Mitchell Park, just west of the historic downtown commercial district, where attendees will visit with more than 40 pet-related/general vendors and can grab a bite to eat. The parade begins at 2 p.m. with more than 300 participating dogs and owners. 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. This year, spectators will be entertained by the music of the Dixieland Razzmajazz Band that will perform in the parade and on stage.

The costume contest and float entry fee is $5 per dog or float, and pre-registration by Feb. 8 is required. There is no fee to walk in the parade. For more information, visit www.downtownmckinney.com or call 972-547-2661. This event is sponsored in part by McKinney Main Street, Brandon Tomes Subaru, Trinity Falls, Camp Bow Wow - McKinney, McKinney Animal Hospital, Canine Cookie Company, Austin Chiropractic, KLAK, Rover Resort, Custom Dental, Shot Spot, Pet Paradise, Hollywood Feed and Legacy ER.