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January 18 01:04 PM

Pets welcome at Barkus and Meoux Parade

One day of the year, the local Mardi Gras celebration goes to the dogs.

And cats and ponies and rabbits and goats and … The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, also known as “The Animal Krewe,” was formed in Shreveport-Bossier City in 1999 with the purpose of hosting year-round fundraising activities to support regional spay and neuter programs.

The largest event organized by the krewe is the annual Pet Parade, which will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at 2000 Reeves Marine Drive in Bossier City.

Each year, thousands of costumed pets and their owners gather to compete in costume contests and walk in a giant pet parade. Complete parade information is available at www.barkusandmeoux.com.

The theme of the 2019 Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade is “Steampunk Pups and Futuristic Felines.” Admission is $1 for adults and free for children; the cost to register a pet for the parade is $25 per pet.

Parade day activities, including the judging of registered pets for prizes in such categories as Best Dressed, Best interpretation of Theme and Pet/Owner Lookalike, will begin at 1 p.m. The parade typically marches at 3 p.m.

The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade is held each year on the Sunday afternoon following the Krewe of Centaur Parade, one of the largest Mardi Gras parades in North Louisiana. The Krewe of Centaur XXVIII will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the intersection of Clyde Fant Parkway and Lake Street in downtown Shreveport and will proceed south along Clyde Fant Parkway and Shreveport- Barksdale Highway, ending on East Kings Highway near the Duck Pond Park, also known as East Kings highway Park.

In 2017, the Krewe of Centaur Parade was attended by approximately 285,000 parade -goers. This enormous, colorful parade features more than 40 massive floats, dozens of marching units and more.

For more information on Mardi Gras celebrations in Shreveport-Bossier, visit, www.ShreveportMardiGras,co m or call 800-551-8682 to request a free copy of “The Gris Gris Guide to Mardi Gras in Shreveport-Bossier.”

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