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2014 Barkus Theme:



The McKinney Artistic Krewe of Barkus 2014 will be digging up headlines, icons, fashion, and fads from 1950 – 1980 for this year's event. Pick your favorite decade and celebrate the people, music, movies, TV shows, clothes, inventions, and events that made us howl. Rock and Roll Rottweilers, Psychedelic Spaniels, Disco Dachshunds and Maltese Madonnas will be sniffing their way down memory lane.

The costume parade is limited to 250 dogs, but the Pawty in the Park and on the Square is free and open to all at no charge. This is one of the most popular community events in the entire state of Texas and is worth attending even if you don't have a dog. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “Mama always says Barkus is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get!!

To register, contact the Art Institute of McKinney at

Please be sure to include the dog's name, color and breed, along with the owner's name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Prizes will be awarded in each size category (small, medium, large and exceptionally large) for Best Costume, Best Dog and Owner Combo and overall Best of Show. In addition, this year we will have special recognition for each decade.

Email the information below to:
and mail a check to:
Art Institute of McKinney
c/o Blynda Christian
214 Sparrow Hawk Drive McKinney, TX 75070

Cost is $5 per dog and/or float.

Remember: You MUST be pre-registered and confirmed to be in the parade.

For additional information call McKinney Main Street at 972-547-2660.


Enrollment Form

Name of Dog______________________________________________

Color of Dog_______________________________
Theme of Costume______________________________________

Will the owner be in costume? (include theme)______________________________________________________

Will children be entering a float? (include children's names & float theme) _________________________________

Owner/Human Escort________________________________________________________________________________________