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FUNdraising for our furry and feathered friends of Florida’s Forgotten Coast

Announcements and Updates

2024 Mardi Gras Barkus Parade & Festival

was a HUGE success! Queen June Bug and King Noa were both adopted! ​ on for more highlights

2024 Canine Royalty:


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2024 Parade Review: Tails were wagging high!

The annual Apalachicola Mardi Gras Barkus Parade was a phenomenal success. Two and four legged friends flooded the streets again from all over the country to walk, wag ​and woof their way through downtown. Police Chief Varnes, Sheriff Smith (this year’s Grand Marshal) and Mayor Ash led the parade of pooches in western themed ​attire.There were beautiful memorials to pets who will be missed but never forgotten (Sheriff’s “Tucker” and “Hounddog”).The weather was glorious, with the exception of a ​few wind gusts, and in true Mardi Gras fashion – the costumes were unforgettable, and the entertainment was hopping. Both canine royalty (Queen June Bug & King Noa) ​were adopted, as were several other dogs and a cat.

This event was supported by incredibly generous sponsors, including the Franklin County Tourism Development Council, Duke Energy, Scipio Creek Marina, Apalachicola ​Chocolate and Coffee Company, The Pet Stop, Centennial Bank and the Eastpoint Beer Company.In addition, many people and businesses generously donated to the silent ​auction. The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers is thankful for the support and hard work of volunteers that made this event the successful year after year. The impact of this ​parade on the local economy is significant with thousands of visitors filling the streets of downtown Apalachicola as well as the local restaurants, watering holes and shops.

The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers is proud to announce that this year’s total donation is $23,200 ($12,000 to Florida Wild Mammal Association and $11,200 to the Franklin ​County Humane Society). Since its inception, The Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers has collectively raised over $100,000 for the care of injured wildlife and homeless dogs and ​cats through the Mardi Gras Barkus Parade.

“Franklin County is unique with its pet friendly accommodations and alluring wildlife. We know that this area and the animals are special, and we need to take care of what is ​important to us. I am inspired by all the participation and support. We absolutely love hosting this event; animals and the essence of Mardi Gras – what’s not to love?” Sarah ​Madson, President, Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers.

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Northrup Family Animal Care

Pisces Interiors, Inc

98 Liquors

Seymour Realty of St. George Island

Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union

Farnsley Wealth Management

Ace Hardware

Emily Peterson

Piggly Wiggly

Old Time Soda Fountain

Apalach Outfitters

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A & S Creations

Apalachicola Bee Company

Apalachicola Physical Therapy

Apalachicola Yacht Club

Art of Glass

Bayside Coffee

Beach Pit


Brandy Terrell

Cafe on Leche Internet Cafe

Capt. Gill Autrey

Carrabelle Junction

Chef Brett Gormley

CK Honey


Coastal Cottage Living

Coombs Inn

Deep Southern Boutique

Eastpoint Brewing Company

Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union

Family Coastal Restaurant

Fisherman’s Choice Bait & Tackle

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Event Donors

Forgotten Coast Lavender

Gail & Ron Dierolf

Gibson Inn

Half Shell Dockside

Island Carts

High five Dive Bar

Jeff & Caroline Ilardi

Jim & Karen Bellman

Jon Johnson

Ken & Connie Justice

Kristin Anderson

Mangia 850

Marty & Gina Adkins

Mood Dog Art

Mark & Natalie Parsley

Nauti Buoy Fishing Charters

Norton & Ellie Tullis

Pamela Corcoran

Panhandle Players

People’s South Bank

Pirate Girl’s Treasures

Pisces Interiors Inc

Quattro Locos Tacos & Cantina

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Red Pirate Restaurant

Richard Bickel

Rising Waves Coastal


Riverside Mercantile

Roses Botanicals & Soap Factory

Saltwater Wellness Studio

Seaside Cotton Clothing

SGI Trading Company

Shirley Richardson

Star Flower Design

Station Raw Bar

Sue Burnfin

The Clogging Potter

The Pearl

Torben & Sarah Madson

Water H20 Sports

Water Street Seafood

Wayne’s Hair Studio

Wefings Marina

Wired, Fired, and Inspired

Worn By the Sea

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Why do we do it?

The mission of the krewe is to help animals of our beautiful Forgotten Coast...and have fun while doing it! The annual Mardi Gras Barkus Parade raises money for food, shelter and medical care at the Franklin County Humane Society and the Florida Wild Mammal Association. Other krewe events include having a holiday pet food drive for animals living in families requiring hospice and supporting the local dog park with necessary poop pick up bags and supplies. Whether wild or domestic, we just know that life is better with animals!

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How we started

In 2010 a lively bunch of animal-loving folks in the small, coastal town of Apalachicola, Florida, decided to renew an old tradition...with a twist, or rather a tail.

At the dawn of the 20th Century, Apalachicola celebrated Mardi Gras with three days of brass bands, costumed characters, and boisterous parades. Mardi Gras royalty arrived by boat and floats were pulled by mules were decorated with Palmetto fronds and Camellias. The serious years of World War I put a complete stop to the celebration...until the Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers re-energized the enthusiasm.

Now Mardi Gras has made a comeback in the form of a “Barkus” Parade, a procession of costumed canines and their owners, Zydeco music, and lots of beads. There is always a special place in the parade for the Canine King and Queen, shelter animals in need of their furever homes.

Past themes have included “Bark Side of the Moon”, “Furry Tails Come True”, and “Bour-Bone Street Blues”. The 2024 theme, “GIT ALONG LITTLE DOGGIES” is sure to entertain!

After winding through downtown, the parade ends at a Fais Do-Do, a public party with live music, dancing, Cajun food, local seafood, auctions, arts and crafts vendors and more beads.

Our volunteers have worked hard to become a Florida registered 501c3 nonprofit organization. Proceeds from all Krewe events are for the benefit of the animals of Franklin County. Since 2014 we have donated over $80,000.00!

Join our Krewe and let the fun continue! The Krewe participates in other parades and private events. Membership is open to anyone who loves animals and likes to have fun.

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(850) 624-8085

PO Box 923

Apalachicola, FL 32329

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Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers (registration ​#CH50443) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. ​A copy of the official registration and financial ​information may be obtained from the Florida ​Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800-​435-7352 (calling from within Florida) or 850-​410-3800 (calling from outside Florida). The ​department’s website is ​Registration with the State does not imply ​endorsement, approval, or recommendation by ​the State.

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2025 Parade day info

....stay tuned