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Mystic Krewe

Salty Barkers



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

Announcements and Updates

2024 Mardi Gras Barkus Parade & Festival

Saturday, February 24, 2024 11:00 am – 4:00 pm (Parade AT 1:00 pm)

Riverfront Park Apalachicola, Florida

2024 Parade Theme

2024 Canine Royalty

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Git Along Little Doggies

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We ___ Our Pawtners & Donors

Local businesses and generous folks like you make our event a success..

98 Liquors

Apalach Outfitters

Apalachicola Bee Company

Apalachicola Chocolate and Coffee Company

Bayside Coffee Company

Beach Pit


Betsy’s Sunflower

Brian Kent

Cafe Con Leche

Capt. Gill Boat Tours

Carrabelle Junction

Centennial Bank

Coast Clothing Store

Coastal Cottage Living

Coombs Inn

Deep Southern Boutique

Doggy Dayz Day Care Center

Eastpoint Brewing Company

Emerald Coast Federal Credit Union

Family Coastal Restaurant

Fisherman’s Choice Bait & Tackle

Forgotten Coast Lavender

Gail Dierolf

Gormley’s Gourmet Catering

Gulf Coast Custom Carts

High Five Dive Bar

Island Carts

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JD Gander Distributor

Jerry Hall

Jon Johnson


Mangia 850

Mark and Natalie Parsley

Martin Marine

Nauti Buoy Fishing Charters

Oyster City Brewery

Oyster Bones Pet Store

Panhandle Players

People’s Bank South

Pirate Girl’s Treasures

Random Catch

Red Pirate Restaurant

Richard Bickel


Riverside Mercantile

Saltwater Wellness Studio

Scipio Creek Marina

Seaside Cotton Clothing

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SGI Brewfest

SGI Trading Company

Shirley Richardson

Star Flower Designs

The Pearl

The Pet Stop

The Station Restaurant

The Gibson Inn

Tiffin’s Furniture

Water H20 Sportz

Water Street Seafood

Wayne’s Hair Studio

Wefings Marine

White Sands Salon & Boutique

Will and Jodie Rosenbaum

Willis ACE Hardware

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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