By JB Clark/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Dogs in purple and green beads and T-shirts paraded through Veterans Park and down Elvis Presley Boulevard Saturday morning in a Mardi Gras celebration.
The Krewe of Barkus parade’s mission was three-fold – to celebrate Mardi Gras, raise money for the Tupelo Bark Park and, most important, give people a chance to bond with their dogs.
“We’re just having fun with the dogs,” said Summer Knight, the event’s organizer. “The money goes toward the dog park but it’s mainly just to have fun.”
The Calvery family brought three dogs to the parade because it’s their best opportunity to participate in Mardi Gras.
“We love Mardi Gras, but we’re so far away from it so we were happy Tupelo got to do something like this,” said Mike Calvery. “We got to combine Mardi Gras with our dogs and it’s a good way to get out on a Saturday morning.”
Calvery was walking Molly, a dachshund schnauzer mix. His wife walked Max, a schnauzer Yorkshire terrier mix and his son Ben walked Honey, a seven-month-old yellow lab painted purple and green.
Lilly, a three-year-old great dane, was walking her humans, Krissy Casey and Danny Noble.
“We brought Lilly out because she is very social,” Casey said. “She likes people and she’s really good at dressing up. She has her nails painted this morning.”
Lilly walked next to Harper, a border collie.
The parade was led by Grand Marshall William Heard who sat in the back of the solitary parade float with his dog Primus. The float was a truck, adorned with doggie ears and Mardi Gras beads.
Nathan Traywick walked behind his three-year-old English bulldog Thompson. Thompson was adorned in a Mardi Gras bow tie.
Almost 30 dogs in all participated in the parade and the after party at the Tupelo Bark Park.