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Mardi Gras 2012
Galveston Island Humane Society
News Release
Monday, February 13, 2012

14th ANNUAL KREWE OF BARKUS & MEOUX MARDI GRAS THIS SUNDAY

GALVESTON ISLAND, TEXAS -  The 14th annual Krewe of Barkus & Meoux Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Island Humane Society, is set for this 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. 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.

 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 no later than this Saturday, February 18th 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.  Last year, the parade hosted over 300 pets in this fun, family Mardi Gras event.




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