Main Street in Downtown Little Rock will be the place to be for Mardi Gras fun this year!
Hounds Lounge Pet Resort & Spa will present Barkus on Main: A Parade of Pet Proportions in the Main Street Creative Corridor on Sunday, February 26… this parade is for the dogs!Barkus on Main will take place 1 p.m.-5 p.m. with a Barkus Pet Parade kicking off the fun at 2 p.m. from 6th and Main. After the parade, a Mardi Gras Block Party will be in progress in the 300 block hosted by the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, Soul Fish Café, Club Level, CJRW and Samantha’s Tap Room and Grill. Live music will be provided by the Big John Miller Band. Also available to attendees will be a Hurricane Station and Beer Garden, fresh Gumbo from Soul Fish Café and a Crawfish Boil from Club Level.
Registration for dogs is $25 before February 22, $40 after and day of the event. The first 100 dogs to register will receive Wag Bags; all dogs will be eligible for prizes. Prizes will be awarded for Best Pet/Owner Look Alike Costumes, Best Dressed Pet, Best Small Dog Costume, Best Large Dog Costume, Most Original Costume, Best Float and Judge’s Choice. Judges include Winnie Wright, THV11 Reporter, and Marine Glisovic, KATV Channel 7 Reporter and Victoria Price, Reporter/Anchor for KARK/Fox16 News. To register and for more details, go to barkusonmain.com.
Those pet owners who want his or her dog to lead the parade as the 2017 KING or QUEEN of Barkus on Main will be able to bid for the honor. The auction will open Wednesday, February 1 and end Wednesday, February 22. Bidding starts at $100. Bids will increase at 5% increments. Go to barkusonmain.com for link to bidding.
The winning King and Queen will receive star treatment for the day including a Wag Bag, bragging rights and a trophy; the highest bidder will also receive $50 gift cards from Soul Fish Café, Rebel Kettle Brewery and Samantha’s Tap Room and Wood Grill. In addition, the King and Queen will each receive a commemorative photo plaque of themselves to celebrate this honor.
“Barkus on Main is going to be a howl of a good time!” said Gabe Holmstrom, Executive Director for the Downtown Little Rock Partnership. “Grandparents, kids and, of course, the family dogs are all welcome. Come on downtown and see what happens when we turn the Main Street Creative Corridor over to the dogs!”
The event will cap off a weekend of Mardi Gras events in Downtown Little Rock including the annual Mardi Gras in SoMa (South Main) Parade on Saturday, February 25, noon to 3 p.m.