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Mardi Gras 2012
Galveston Island Humane Society
News Release
Wednesday, February 01, 2012

“BARK ANTONY & CLEOCATRA”
THEME FOR 14th ANNUAL KREWE OF BARKUS & MEOUX MARDI GRAS PARADE, FEBRUARY 19th

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS - The 14th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for Sunday, February 19th - beginning at 1pm. Promoting the theme “Bark Antony & CleoCatra”, this popular Mardi Gras event will kick off from 28th and Seawall Blvd and continue west to 46th and Seawall Blvd, before disbanding in the parking lot of the Academy Sports and Outdoor store. Parade Marshalls are Queen Madi and her owner, Michelle Beckwith. Queen Madi won the title of Pet of the Year at the Annual Paws Gala in September, 2011. Sponsored by and benefitting exclusively the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS), proceeds from the Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade will be dedicated to the shelter’s on-going Spay/Neuter programs assisting low-income families on the Island – including the GIHS “Fix your Pit” program. Last year the parade hosted over 300 pets in this fun, family Mardi Gras event.

Advance registration is $20 per pet - if pre-registered by close of business on Monday, February 13th. Day- of- parade registration is $30 per pet. Each pet owner will receive a wrist band as proof of entry. Proof of current rabies vaccinations is required for each entry and all pets walking must be on a leash no longer than six feet. No retractable leashes will be allowed. Both pets and pet owners are encouraged to be dressed in Mardi Gras costume, with a special costume contest and judging scheduled to take place at 11.30am (28th and Seawall Blvd). Winners of the contest will be announced and ribbons awarded at 12.30pm - prior to the start of the parade.

Parade participants who wish to throw beads will be required to bring their own supply. Beads will not be provided. Owners are encouraged to be aware of pets’ needs and if their animal becomes distressed or overheated, they should drop out at any time. Water for humans and pets will be provided at beginning and conclusion of the parade.

In the spirit of Mardi Gras, the Galveston Island Humane Society also extends an invitation to any animal rescue organization in the area to participate. The fee is a minimum contribution of $30. per organization and requires a representative of the animal welfare organization to contact GIHS in advance to make reservations to participate. All health requirements apply.

Check in and on-site registration will begin at 11am at 28th St.- ½ block off Seawall Boulevard. (Please note – this is a new check-in site). To request a registration form or for more information about the parade, call the GIHS office at 409.740.1919 or register online at www.galvestonhumane.org.

The Galveston Island Humane Society is located at 6814 Broadway. Shelter hours are 11-6, Monday- Friday; 11-5, Saturday; closed Sunday. For more information concerning adoption and the many community programs sponsored by GIHS, email inquiries to info@galvestonhumane.org, or call the Shelter office at 409.740.1919.




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