Krewe of Barkloxi Parade
Wanting to find a way to help out the Humane Society of South Mississippi, the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce developed the Krewe of Barkloxi. Three years later, the pawrade has raised thousands of dollars for the animal shelter.
Music, beads, and large crowds: it may look like your normal parade expect for the participants. The Krewe of Barkloxi held their annual pawrade today at the Biloxi Town Green, parading down to city hall and back to the park. Biloxi Chamber of Commerce President Jean McGury said, “Well, look at this. There are people everywhere. There are dogs, animal lovers. There are people coming out. We had a lady that was here with her dog from Wisconsin. It’s just reached out.”
The parade featured many different types of dogs, even with some of the pets being named parade royalty. “You can nominate your dog as king and queen, but whoever comes up with the most donations for the Humane Society of South to be named king and queen. We had such a great turnout this year that now we have a duke and a maid.”
Although the Humane Society of South Mississippi received a record number of donations for this year’s parade, they still want the focus to go towards adoption as some of these dogs won’t have the chance to get out of the shelter. Katie King with the HSSM said, “On any given day we have about 400 animals in the shelter. When you adopt a pet, you’re not only saving that pet’s life, but you’re making room in the shelter for another pet to come in and get the care they need.”
Pawrade participant Keith Pisarich tells News 25 that’s good to see the community getting involved in such a great cause. “It’s just excellent to see such a good turnout with everyone coming out today to show their support for pets at the Humane Society.”
For anyone interested in events or donating you can find more information at HSSM.org.