Being from Ohio, I didn’t grow up celebrating Mardi Gras. Moving to Texas 7 years ago has allowed me to explore this old and traditional holiday. With my first trip to New Orleans in January, I spent some time on Bourbon Street in the early part of the Mardi Gras season.
One of our customers sent us a King Cake (a delicious filled pastry only found during the season) adorned with beads and a great book on the traditions of Mardi Gras! Origins of the holiday, the special foods and todays celebrations are interesting to read about. One thing I found most interesting was Mardi Gras “Krewes”. These are civic organizations promoting charities or upholding original traditions of the holiday. They hold their own parades all over New Orleans during the Mardi Gras season.
One of my favorites is the 13th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade. This Krewe was created to promote safe pet awareness. They spend the year raising money to donate to local shelters and defray costs for spay and neuter programs.
Early in the day there are dog tricks and information handed out to spectators but when the parade starts, it really “goes to the dogs”! Dogs of all kinds participate and most are decked out in their Mardi Gras attire! Beads and masks and costumes and t-shirts and ribbons and bows….this parade has it all for the animal lover! This years parade even sported a horse, rabbit and a cat! Even the spectators go all out!
So mark your calendars for next years Krewe of Barkus and Meoux parade!