Krewe of Barkus exhibit is open to the public

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The Barkus room includes parade posters and JoJo McWoods costumes.
  • The Barkus room includes parade posters and JoJo McWood's costumes.

The canine Krewe of Barkus was founded in a bar (Good Friends) 20 years ago, but its shrine and board room is housed in a hardware store. Mary's Ace Hardware was a fixture on the 900 block of Bourbon Street for more than 25 years. It moved to 732 N. Rampart St. a year ago, and when renovations were made to the damaged second floor, a room was remodeled to serve as a meeting space for the organizers of the Krewe of Barkus. It is decorated with krewe parade posters, various costumes worn by the first queen and captain emeritus JoJo McWood, and some other memorabilia. The public is welcome to visit the shrine during store hours. Some of the costumes include a sequined cape from 2000's "Joan of Bark" parade and a Jackie Onassis-styled pink coat and hat from 1995's "Lifestyles of the Bitch and Famous."

Barkus will parade on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013 and the theme is "Tails & Tiaras: Here Comes Honey Bow Wow."

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