For years, Mardi Gras was a human-only event. But in 1992 New Orleans dog lovers formed the Krewe of Barkus, and every year since they've held the city's only dog-centric Mardi Gras parade.
Each year's parade has a theme. Past favorites include "Jurassic Bark" and "Titanic: Dogs and Children First." Owners dress their dogs accordingly and construct miniature floats to haul the canine royalty around the French Quarter parade route.
This year's parade will be on Sunday, February 23 at 2 p.m., starting near Armstrong Park. The theme is "Dogzilla." Proceeds from the Barkus Ball and parade registration fees go to local animal welfare organizations.