It was a beautiful day for the Krewe of Barkus parade today. My husband and I went down for a late breakfast beforehand. Spoons had a wait of 20 minutes so we went down to check out The Pantry but it was closed. We’ve never actually been able to get in The Pantry but I’m always hopeful. We had breakfast at Churchill’s instead. They have this french toast with a chocolate hazelnut sauce that is just to-die-for. They had a pretty brisk business and no wait. I think this is the third time we’ve had breakfast there and it’s always been good. I keep meaning to try their eggs benedict but then the waitress comes over and dopamine receptors in my brain order the french toast again.
The square started filling up early for the Krewe of Barkus celebration that started at 12:30. I took a quick stroll around to check out storefronts before heading over to the event in Mitchell Park. Cynthia Elliott has a fantastic window in honor of Krewe of Barkus.
Entertainment Photos had a sandwich board out promoting pet photography.
This isn’t Barkus-related but there is a new business next door to La Misha European Bistro and Square Burger. It is called Gray Living and has its signage up but isn’t open yet. I peeked through the window and it is packed (lots of stuff) but not arranged. It won’t take them long though. Its posted hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9 to 6; Friday and Saturday 9 to 8 and Sunday 12 to 5. Their web site is already up and running and is http://www.grayliving.com/.
Mitchell Park was alive with people, floats and dogs.
I don’t know who ultimately won but this float deserves an award on personality. You can see the Alamo there on the float but what’s not obvious is that there is one dog on one side and one on the other. I guess the one with the black hat is Santa Anna?
I didn’t catch the name of the vendor selling the doggie shirts but give a shout out if you know and we’ll give them a plug. I loved the “Real Dogs Eat Meat” and “Squirrels Fear Me” shirts.
Pet Portraits by Sherri D had a booth at Mitchell Park and I stopped to look at her work. She really is phenomenal. She starts with a photograph and translates that into a pencil stketch. Then she finishes it out as a very skillful watercolor. The only photograph in the photo below is on the far left. The rest is the work of her hands. Phenomenal talent. Her business card says that a portion of the proceeds from her work goes to Operation Kindness. Her web site is http://www.petportraitsbysherryd.com/.
I’m not sure who was selling the multi-colored little breeze-catching flowers but they must have cleaned up. They were as popular at this Krewe of Barkus as the chicken hats were at the last Oktoberfest.
As we approached 2:00, participants were guided towards the marshalling area (the parking lot in front of The Pub McKinney) and the rest of us moved on to our spots along the parade route.
This portrayal of Davy Crockett had their seat all set up at the beginning of the route with a huge banner that read “Remember the Alamo”.
I wanted a good spot with a nice background so I went over and stood by Churchill’s British Pub. I wasn’t the only one that thought that was a good spot. There were a bunch of photographers there. I was totally jazzed to learn that one of them was Shagly of Shagly Photography. He is a pet photographer and took some absolutely fantastic photos at last year’s Krewe of Barkus. He’s got a real gift for finding a perspective that is both artistic and evocative. I’m anxious to see what he posts this year. Check out his blog for some recent work at the DFW Pug Love Fun Run.
Shagly will undoubtedly have the best dog shots. I was more interested in the floats. There just seems something so civilized about hand drawn floats too. I know they’re wagons but I really enjoyed the floats this year.
We now know who bit J.R..
I love the expression on this little one’s face. He must be thinking we’ve all lost our minds. Really, from a dog’s perspective, what must this look like?
Dalmations aren’t known for being too contemplative. These guys seem perfectly happy to be all dudded up and walking the parade route.
This “kivvered” wagon was probably one of the most realistic looking floats.
While there were quite a few pooches trying to pull off the longhorn theme, I personally think this one took the cake. He is either a longhorn or a Viking. It could go either way, really.
The McKinney Fire/EMS wrapped up the end of the parade on their segways. I didn’t know that they had segways before. I imagine it’s not “need to know” but it’s not like they call everyone and say, “Did you know we have segways now?”. So, they do. And I’m just just used to seeing the police on their horses. Come to think of it, though, maybe it wouldn’t have been too brilliant of an idea to bring in the equine patrol where there’s going to be a couple of hundred dogs.
There was a great turn out on the square and the city did a wonderful job keeping everything running on time and making everyone feel safe and happy. Thank you guys so much for providing a wonderful event! Already looking forward to next year!
Destination McKinney has already uploaded some great shots from the parade to their Facebook account. Be sure to check them out!
Until next time,