Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Kickin' it "Krewe of FiveSibes" Style for Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras Time!

And just what is the Krewe of Barkus? According to the Hall of Festivities Mardi Gras, the Barkus Krewe: "...was created in November of 1992 at a meeting of the Margaret Orr Fan Club (Margaret Orr being a WDSU-TV Weather Anchor). Its membership limited to canines, the Krewe of Barkus is headquartered in the vicinity of the "Flea Market" and includes such rules as: "Cats, while welcome, will not be provided security." 
Photo courtesy of Lillian Malm
The first official Krewe meeting was held in January of 1993, when the members elected "Jo Jo McWood" as Queen Barkus I. "Jager Freeman" was selected as King Barkus I. This annual French Quarter event...the only Mardi Gras Parade and Krewe for and by dogs...is open to the public. A non-profit organization, it raises funds every year to benefit local animal shelters and national humane societies. It's motto is: "Humane Treatment for All of God's Creatures."

Photo courtesy of Lillian Malm
Today actually closes out the Mardi Gras Carnival, which runs from the Epiphany, January 6, to the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, and celebrations mark this occasion with parades and colorful costumes, and many "krewes," which are walking/marching clubs and the one just for canines is called the Krewe of Barkus. There's also lots of food (it's not called "Fat Tuesday" for nothing! - and to celebrate and get this party started, don't miss out on our yummy cookie recipe at the of this post!)  

Congratulations to the 2015 Krewe of Barkus'

  King Andouille Lemarie, “Dewey,” a Wirehaired Dachshund
Queen Ashley Renaudi, a Lab/Pit Mix 

To read more about this year's King and Queen, visit Krewe of Barkus 

So we have to wonder...when will a Siberian Husky or our cousin the Malamute be crowned King or Queen of Krewe of Barkus? Woooooo? Maybe 2016! But in the meantime, check out these beautiful Sibes and Mals who were representing our Northern Breeds from Texas Sled Dog Rescue (TSDR) who
reportedly had a "howling good time with our Alaskan Malamutes, Siberian Huskies and honorary sled dogs at this year's Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade in Galveston benefiting the Galveston Island Humane Society."

Many thanks to Lillian Malm and the TSDR for the Parade photos!

Now what's Fat Tuesday without some treats? Here's our FiveSibes Canine Cooking Corner featuring our very own Maple Pumpkin Cookies! (The wheat flour can be swapped out for oat flour). Better hide these, though...they are that good!

Laissez les bon temps rouler! 
Let the good times roll! 

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  1. Oh, that is so cool!!! What great Parade photos!!!
    Oh, and I thinks I'm gonna have Ma clear out the cobwebs from the oven and make me some of those FABulous cookies!!!! Oh, shoot, I'm droolin' now....
    Ruby ♥

    1. Thanks, Ruby! I hope your Ma cleared up those cobwebs and whipped some cookies up for you!

  2. They are so cute in their Mardi Gra outfits! :D

    1. Thanks, Lauren! :-) They all do look so adorable!

  3. Love your Mardi Gras Jester neckwear. I have a jester hat which would go perfectly with the look!