Heroes need not apply, this year’s annual dog parade pays tribute to everyone’s favorite villains

Downtown McKinney will be crawling with mischief as the 15th annual Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras dog parade and festival celebrates our favorite villains Sunday, Feb. 26. Every good story has a bad guy and this year’s theme, Barkus Gone Bad – A Salute to Our Favorite Villains, encourages our four-legged canines to bust out their ruff side for a barking good time.

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 over 40 pet-related/general vendors and can grab a bite to eat. 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. 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. 23 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, Camp Bow Wow - McKinney, McKinney Animal Hospital, Canine Cookie Company, D&L Farm and Home, KLAK, Rover Resort, Q.care On-Demand Health Care and Country Dog Services