Thanks to Everyone for a Great Parade!

King: Andouille Lemarie, aka “Dewey,”

King Dewey
Andouille Lemarie, aka “Dewey,” is a 12 year old wirehaired Dachshund who is the son of Drs. Stephen and Rose Lemarie. He works as a hospital administrator at Southeast Veterinary Specialists, where his parents also work. His stunning image can be seen on the mural in the reception area, as well as on his mom’s business card. In his free time, he chases balls — amazing considering that he was once unable to use his back legs until neck and back surgery reversed this– and sometimes hangs out on Bourbon Street with his canine brother, Tasso. He loves eating tomatoes and being with his feline siblings, Basil and Rice. King Dewey plans on having a variety of royal garments for his upcoming reign.

Queen: Ashley Renaudin

Ashley Renaudin 1

Ashley Renaudin is the daughter of John Renaudin and was adopted from the Jefferson Parish Animal Shelter, where she waited for eight months for her forever home. She is a lab/pit mix between 7 and 9 years old (ok let’s call it 8). Obviously, she does not have a clue who her canine parents are and cannot recall where she was born. Her human dad says she is super house smart and is a fast learner, especially when treats are involved. In her free time, Ashley likes to find her balance with long walks or on the Mississippi River batture. She is also an avid squirrel watcher. Ashley is an Olympic foot licker and is a very accomplished couch/lap sitter. She has a sister, Milla, a brother JoJo and cat sibling, Cleopatra. Queen Ashley plans on being “Queen Ashley of the Planet Naboo” with costumes befitting the role.


Whereas, it is the captain’s authority to call the Krewe to parade on the occasion of the celebration of the only canine krewe in the world known as the Mystic Krewe of Barkus,

Whereas, the captain, declares this year’s theme—BARK WARS: The Return of the K9– so that our members can restore order to the galaxy known as the French Quarter by wagging their tails with light saber strikes, pounding their paws with storm trooper precision and lapping up Happy Juice in a quest for canine world domination.

Be it known, the captain hereby invests our noble King, Andouille Lemarie, His Majesty XXIII, as he leads his fearless krewe with class befitting the stunning son of Drs. Stephen and Rose Lemarie; he has courageously faced major neck and back surgeries with the power of the bark force within, and has overcome odds greater than Han Solo piloting a crippled TIE Fighter; he is the epitome of one who reigns as a mentor as great as Obi-Wan Kenobi, as wise as Master Yoda, and as powerful as Master Wind. With the holy mother of meteors under his wirehair Dachshund cloak, his Majesty Andouille soar with warp speed into canine carnival history as King Barkus 2015.

Be it known, the captain hereby appoints the splendid Queen, Ashley Renaudin, Her Majesty XXIII, as an out-of-this-world example of canine patience while waiting eight long months for her forever home; now she can comfortably curl in laps like Princess Leia’s side hair buns after her miraculous meeting with her humanoid father, Jon Renaudin, who was her only chance for liberation from the dark force and black hole of homelessness; she cares not who her bio parents are, as her real family of quad-peds and bi-peds renewed her heart and empowered her faithfulness in real love; May Her Majesty always be a grateful and loyal one as The Force is with Queen Barkus 2015.

Thus, the captain commands all krewe members and their human companions to sniff and assemble with mirth on Sunday, February 8 at 2pm to parade from Armstrong Park in honor of all dogs who deserve their time to stomp, romp and lick freely on the grandest of grounds known as the Krewe of Barkus parade.

With absolute authority and pomp,

The captain salutes King Andouille and Queen Ashley



Krewe of Barkus Event Update

All registration packets will be picked up at the park by last name.

No registrations will be mailed.

Registration starts at 9 a.m.

Festivities start at 10 at Armstrong Park.

Krewe of Barkus Press Release

Media Contact:   Catherine Olivier

New Orleans, LA (1-14-15) — A short time from now in a parallel dimension not so far, far away, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only officially licensed Mardi Gras krewe by and for canines, will take to the streets of the French Quarter for the 23rd year on Sunday, February 8, 2015 to the theme “Bark Wars: Return of the K-9.”

This epic canine event promises to restore order to everyone’s favorite universe by tapping into the force within each krewe member. Let the tails wags like light sabers and paws march like storm troopers on this special day dedicated to canine world domination.

Some members may be more Jabba the Mutt than Yodog or Luke Skybarker, but all are welcome to time travel at warp speed into any character they want. The krewe proudly celebrates all canines and applauds the meek and mighty — and everything in between. Do not doubt the word of the wise one. This galaxy awaits.

Dogs who want to be members of the krewe should get their humans to register on line at www.barkus.org. On parade day, we will be staging the parade, pre-pawty parade and post-pawty parade at Armstrong Park starting at 10:30am. The parade starts promptly at 2pm and follows a 15-block route through the Vieux Carré, stopping at the VIP Reviewing Stand at Good Friends Bar, corner Dauphine and St. Ann, where VIPs (and those who desire to be VIPs) will toast the Royal Court. Curious observers are welcome to come watch the parade.

All proceeds from Barkus, a non-profit organization founded by Wood Enterprises, benefit animal organizations in New Orleans and the Gulf South area. For more information, visit www.barkus.org or e-mail registration@barkus.org.

EQUALITY DISCLAIMER: All dogs are eligible for various levels of membership without regard to their social, educational or family backgrounds. All colors, coat types, tail sizes and body mixes accepted. Cosmetically and non-cosmetically challenged dogs are welcome. Bluebloods and previously homeless dogs encouraged to participate.

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