Krewe of Barkloxi hosts first Bow Bow Paw-rade

Krewe of Barkloxi hosts first Bow Bow Paw-rade

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For the first time, the Krewe of Barkloxi took over Town Green with a style fit for both humans and animals, at the Bow Wow Paw-rade.

Brutus was a big attraction. He can do tricks, and even understand sign language.

But skill isn't the only reason he's loved.

"He's our pet and he's wonderful," said Anirah Olsen of Pascagoula. "He's the reason why Labradors are number one. He has all the qualities, he loves everybody, all animals. He's great."

The Krewe of Barkloxi was organized by the by the Biloxi Bay Chamber of Commerce to benefit the Humane Society of South Mississippi. Seventy-three pooches were registered for the event, which was part dog show and part parade.

"It was kind of a team effort....if you want to call it that," said Tina Ross Seamons of the Biloxi Bay Chamber. "The Krewe of Barkloxi is honored to be here in Biloxi for the inaugural Paw-rade."

Before the race for royalty, the pups and their owners enjoyed some social time. They all came dressed for the occasion. Parker Bennington's little Amigo played along.

"I'm Wonder Woman," Bennington said. "I like to call him Wonder Pup."

It was the first pet parade for both Mercedes Scites and her Yorki, Chloe.

"It think they are fun because the pets get to actually do something instead of staying at home like the normal ones," said Scites.

Some of the furry friends had famous names like General Patton Richard, a Neapolitan Mastiff, and his owner Savanna Comardelle.

"We're big fans of the Humane Society. We've done lot of things with them," Comardelle said. "We actually have another dog we got from them, and anything we can do to support them, we're here for them."

Bella, owned by Torie Tompkins of Biloxi, was named Queen Barkloxi. Quincy, a pet therapy dog owned by KC Arnold, was named King.

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