Ginger here reporting from the Annual 2017 Krewe of Barkus Mardi Gras parade.
We here in Mississippi and most Gulf states of the United States celebrate Mardi Gras just like they do in New Orleans. The French settlers in New Orleans began this tradition in the south to celebrate Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fat Tuesday, to prepare parishioners to "confess" in preparation for the season of Lent.
There are organizations that help celebrate the traditions of Mardi Gras called Krewes and in our town, Meridian Mississippi, we have the Krewe of Barkus.
The Krewe of Barkus help raise awareness for canine adoption and raise monies to support our local animal shelter. It costs each dog 10 dollars to enter the costume contest and to walk in our Krewe of Barkus parade. Our family entered three of our seven dog family members in the parade. The Krewe Barkus helped open the parade and also open the Mardi Gras celebrations in our town.
Whenever you see Beads thrown by members of the parade to the audience ...the colors purple, gold and green are significant of royalty and all of our pups in the parade are decendants of royal lineage. At least I know I am, I am Queen of our household. Mardi Gras is a very fun tradition and we were honored to participate in it for our local animal shelter. Note the colors of the beads are used in many of the costumes.