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!
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.