NEW ORLEANS -- A celebration carrying that familiar Carnival spirit, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus marches to its own, unique beat.
This parade is all about the pups.
"We love it," said Lisa Schully. "It's a beautiful day and we have all our dogs out here, having a great time, very festive."
From the simple to the elaborate, on Sunday krewe dogs and their owners showed off plenty of clever costume creations.
"It's just the greatest Mardi Gras event," said one parade-goer. "I am Bienville and this is my mistress of Bienville and these are our wonderful puppies who came to found New Orleans back in 1718."
"It's been fun. We brought the dogs, the daughter, we got the boilin' pot. We're ready for crawfish season," said Mandy Pizzuto. "We got hot crawdogs instead of crawdads."
A krewe that first began parading in 1993, Barkus has grown to become a local favorite.
Parade-goers came out in large numbers on Sunday, lining the streets as this caravan of canines wound its way through the French Quarter once again.
"We were surprised to see how many people came out," Pizzuto said. "It is huge. Huge. Good time."
"This is one of the most unique things about living here, without a doubt, so, we're having a great time," said Tomas Garcia.