In New Orleans, you never need a reason to don a crazy outfit – even your pet dog needs costume ideas!
Whether it’s Halloween, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade, or anything in between, here are a few pet costume ideas for your dog.
Each year, the Mystic Krewe of Barkus hosts a Mardi Gras parade just for the dogs. Created in 1992, this pet-focused festivity marches through the French Quarter with man’s best friend as the main attraction. Pets in costumes is highly encouraged, with their humans acting as their escorts.
Need some pet costume ideas for your dog’s Barkus outfit? Here’s some inspiration:
Outfitting your pet in green, yellow and purple is the perfect way to celebrate the Carnival season. You’ll definitely be in good company with other Barkus paraders on the big day!
For an easy DIY costume, you can bedeck your dog in patriotic colors using ribbons tied around his collar. Or, you can browse these patriotic costumes. Bonus points: they’ll double as costumes for the 4th of July!
Identical costumes for both humans and pets is always a parade-goer’s favorite. Sporting the same tutu, fun hat, or crazy sunglasses as your pet is a great way to get in the festive spirit together!
Party City has an online shop with dozens of pet costumes to choose from, related to pop culture, classic themes, pirates, superheroes and more. You can also visit the Party City retail store in the Elmwood shopping center right near our new Bella Ridge property.
Your feline friend probably won’t be as willing to don a costume, but if you decide she just can’t be without a Mardi Gras getup, consider online shops like Etsy that sell handmade cat costumes. Just remember that Fluffy might be more inclined for a festive collar rather than a full-on costume – most pet stores have a wide selection of cat collars in fun colors and patterns.