Shreveport, LA (KMSS) — Centaur, Gemini, Highland; they're all are great parades, but my favorite Mardi Gras parade is the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux.
This year's theme was a Tea Pawty, and what a party it was.
Most Mardi Gras parades have a Queen and a King, but not this one. Queen Ambassador Ginger Paul explained the reason behind that. "In the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux, we call ourselves royal, know that are really the ambassadors for the royal ones who are the animals."
The most royal of all the royals this year was Mr Kippers, who served as the parade's first ever animal Grand Marshal. For the special event, Mr Kippers doubled up on his neckwear, donning not just his trademark bow tie, but custom Mardi Gras beads too.
The Barkus and Meoux parade is always a good time, but it's actually much more than that. All of the money raised by the Krewe goes to help various animal groups in the area. By being a part of the parade, people are helping our furry friends.
But, these are animals, and they don't always cooperate. Queen Ambassador Ginger told me about some miniature horses who got quite a scare. "A Great Dane, taller than any of the miniature horses walked by and one of the little horses whinnied, and it frightened the Great Dane, so I thought he was going to drag his owner into the Red River, but the animals seem to have a good time too."
So with all the success of Barkus and Meoux, is there any way to out do it next year? Queen Ambassador Ginger hopes so, "we hope that more and more people will support us so we have more and more money to help the rescue groups and to help spay and neuter and to spread education."
And that's just another reason I love the Ark-La-Tex.