Margarita Bergen’s beloved Lolita to reign as Barkus parade Grand Marshal

The Krewe of Barkus marches on all fours through the French Quarter of New Orleans on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Photo by Chris Granger, NOLA.com

The Krewe of Barkus marches on all fours through the French Quarter of New Orleans on Sunday, February 4, 2018.

Lolita, the tiny canine protégé of society maven Margarita Bergen, will serve as Grand Marshal of this year’s popular pooch parade in the French Quarter, which takes place on Feb. 24 starting at 2 p.m., according to a Facebook post.

The Barkus website states that “Grand Marshal Lolita is a rescue dog and the emotional loving companion to her mother, Margarita Bergen. She is a 3 year old Chihuahua and Terrier mix. She enjoys attending the finest social soirees with her mother and you can always find her dressed to impress. She is thrilled to be the Grand Marshal in her first ever Barkus Parade!”

Lolita’s triumph is especially sweet for Bergen, because it comes after a dog-lover’s greatest fear. Bergen said her previous pet, Chiquita, had been a Barkus duchess for the past few years. She’d hoped the Chihuahua might ascend to a higher level in the Barkus court this year. But Chiquita was killed by an automobile near her home three days before Christmas.

Barkus spokeswoman Catherine Olivier said that Bergen and her dogs had been an important part of the parade from its beginning more than a quarter century ago. Lolita’s position as 2019 Grand Marshal was a natural step, she said.

“We heard about Margarita’s dog being killed, which was very sad,” Olivier said, and “we’d already talked to her about the possibility of Chiquita taking the step to Grand Marshal.”

In a Facebook comment, Bergen bid that “our canines get all the attention and have the opportunity to participate to benefit the organizations that care for them!”

Margarita Bergen’s beloved Lolita to reign as Barkus parade Grand Marshal (Photo courtesy Barkus)

Margarita Bergen’s beloved Lolita to reign as Barkus parade Grand Marshal (Photo courtesy Barkus)

The theme of this year’s parade is the The Big Bark Theory: Barkus Goes to Comic Con. The organization has not yet announced the identity of its four-legged king and queen.

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