The 2015 Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade promises to be an extra-special one.

Chris Jay with the Shreveport-Bossier Convention & Tourist Bureau told me the Grand Marshal is one of the big highlights.

"The Grand Marshal this year is the dog Braveheart, who has a really inspiring story of recovery from neglect and abuse," Jay said. "That dog has inspired people from all over the world, really. That dog's story has traveled far and wide from here in Shreveport-Bossier."

The parade is in a new location this time, too. Because of all the construction going on at Riverview Park, the event will be held at the former Reeve's Marine building in Bossier City, right across from CenturyLink Center.

"So you've got convenient parking at the CenturyLink Center and a huge area to stage the parade," Jay said. "You can't miss it. It's a huge facility."

Jay said the theme this year is "Bone Appetit," so the pets will all be dressed up in the theme of chefs and food. One of the most awesome things about this parade is that it's not JUST about dogs and cats. Last time I was there, I saw a pony in the mix.

"We may be talking about a pony that I'm a big fan of," said Jay. "That pony, if I'm not mistaken, frequently dresses as Elvis Presley. I've seen chickens, I've seen rabbits, I've seen A snake -- although it was in an appropriate container. I've seen just about anything that could be a pet." We've also both seen a goat dressed like Ziggy Stardust.

This event is also a great learning experience for kids. They can get some education on how to care for their pets. And all the money raised from registration fees goes to help abused and neglected animals right here in our area.

The Barkus & Meoux pet parade is set for Sunday, February 8, at 3 p.m. Parade day activities also include judging of registered pets in categories like "Best Dressed," "Best Float," "Best Interpretation of Theme" and "Pet/Owner Lookalike." Those begin at 1 p.m.


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