Shreveport-Bossier’s Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade Set for Sunday, February 23

Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau announces details of popular annual event.

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A photo of a very handsome dog

English bull terrier "Mr. Kippers" will serve as the first-ever animal Grand Marshall of the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux. Photo by Scarlett Hendricks Photography.

More than 500 elaborately-costumed pets took part in the 2013 event, and event organizers estimate that between 500 and 700 animals will participate this year.

Shreveport, LA (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

The Krewe of Barkus and Meoux’s 16th Annual Pet Parade will march through RiverView Park, 601 Clyde Fant Parkway in downtown Shreveport, La., on Sunday, Feb. 23. The theme of this year’s parade, “A Wonderland Tea Pawty,” suggests that spectators and participants are likely to be surrounded by countless dogs, cats, ponies, bunnies and more dressed as characters from the story Alice in Wonderland. Registration and events begin at 1:30 p.m., with the parade procession scheduled for 3 p.m. More than 500 elaborately-costumed pets took part in the 2013 event, and event organizers estimate that between 500 and 700 animals will participate this year.

For the first time in Krewe of Barkus and Meoux history, the “animal krewe” will be led by a four-legged Grand Marshall. “Mr. Kippers,” an English bull terrier who was rescued from an abusive home environment and adopted by a Shreveport family, will serve as the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux’s Grand Marshall. Mr. Kippers’ adoptive owners, Gordon and Amanda Clingan, have launched a line of bow ties called Classic Kippers, with all proceeds from bow tie sales benefiting organizations that aid abused and neglected animals.

“We’re pleased and excited about what Mr. Kippers is doing to benefit other animals,” said Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Events Chair Ginger Paul. “He’s got his own line of bow ties, a blog and even a Facebook page.”

Registration fees range from $10-$20 per pet, with a $5 discount for those who pre-register. Pre-registration for the parade is open through Feb. 21 at http://www.animalkrewe.org. On-site registration will also be available on the day of the event. All proceeds from pet registration will benefit Shreveport-Bossier’s abused, neglected and homeless animals. All members of the public are welcome to participate, whether by registering their pets to walk in the parade or by attending the event as spectators.

For more information on upcoming Carnival season festivities in Shreveport-Bossier, visit http://www.shreveport-bossier.org/mardigras. For more information on the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, visit http://www.animalkrewe.org.