Author of 'It's A Dog's World' named celebrity Grand Marshall of Barkus

Mardi Gras isn't just for humans. The Mystic Krewe of Barkus invites Nola dogs to take part in party of their own each year. Editor's Note: Information provided by Barkus.

On Sunday, Feb. 7, Wendy Diamond, and her dog Lucky, will lead the Mystic Krewe of Barkus as the celebrity Grand Marshall.  Diamond is a well known pet lifestyle expert, animal rescue advocate and tv personality.

mardi_gras_barkus_grand_marshall_wendy.jpgGrand Marshall of the 2010 Mystic Krewe of Barkus, Wendy Williams and her dog, Lucky.
Her most recent book, "It's a Dog's World: The Savvy Guide to Four-Legged Living" hits books on February 9.

The 2010 Barkus parade starts at Orleans and North Rampart at 2 p.m. and proceeds on the new 15-block route through the Vieux Carré, stopping at the VIP reviewing stand at Good Friends Bar, corner Dauphine and St. Ann, where VIPs will toast the Royal Court.

The Pawty (before, during and after the parade) at Orleans and North Rampart is open to all at no charge. The music starts at 10:30 a.m. and is the staging area for all parade participants.

Membership in the parade krewe is open to all dogs - regardless of their past. Pre-registration (membership dues & parade pass) is $30 until Jan. 25th, $40 until Feb. 6. Day-of-parade registration (Feb. 7) at Orleans and North Rampart is $50. Registration includes one dog and one human escort. Additional human escort passes can be purchased for $8 each online or the day of the parade. Only dogs who are registered krewe members with parade tags will be allowed to be part of the parade.  

If you are not parading this year, but still wish to support a "doggone good cause," you can become a krewe member for $20. Krewe members receive all mailings of the Krewe for one year.