That's right...they even have a parade for dogs during Mardi Gras. It's the Krewe of Barkus.
And you can guess who just had to go.
I've never seen Armstrong Park so crowded. It's like every dog in North America showed up and brought their humans with them.
Orleans Parish Deputies on the job.
The crowds were enthusiastic and heavy. Lots of dog treats being tossed to the dogs. Belle won't usually take food from strangers but I think Murphy gained about three pounds--he grabbed everything.
At the reviewing corner, the heads of the parade singled Murphy and Belle out as examples of German Sheherds, "known for their proud, regal bearing and their loyalty".
But they got no chicken...alas. They just had to content themselves with countless dog biscuits from everyone else.
And lots of dog love.
It was so crowded, between the walkers and the spectators, that it took us two hours to get from Armstrong Park down to Jackson Square and back. I got sunburnt. In February. (Smoke that, people in Michigan and West Virginia!) And a great time was had by all.