Here Comes Honey Bow Wow: New Orleans 2013 Barkus Mardi Gras Dog Parade Filled with Numerous Amusing Honey Boo Boo Parodies (video)
Posted By Vicki McClure Davidson on January 28, 2013
I’m not quite sure what all the fuss is about — silly float parodies of over-the-top reality star and child beauty queen Honey Boo Boo, real name Alana Thompson and the star of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” and a popular, wacky costumed dog parade held yesterday in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. Some folks are perturbed over the perceived overkill of Honey Boo Boo during the bizarre dog parade.
Honey Boo Boo and a flamboyant NOLA Mardi Gras dog parade… feels like a too-kitsch-for-words perfect match made in heaven. Or at least, made on Bourbon Street.
This year’s dog parade theme was Tails & Tiaras, “Here Comes Honey Bow Wow.”
Yesterday marked the eighteenth anniversary of Mystic Krewe of Barkus’s Mardi Gras canine parade. Hundreds of parade watchers filled the sidewalks on the parade’s route.
From Greater New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, Barkus 2013, dog-lovers Mardi Gras parade, casually amusing:
The 2013 Barkus parade has gone to the dogs yet again. Of course, that’s the point of the canine-oriented Carnival tradition. This year many of the four-legged marchers and their masters took a satiric bite out of the endearingly down-home reality television show Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, which centers on a kiddy beauty pageant contestant. Spectators were treated to interpretations titled Honey Bow Wow, Honey Roux Boux, Buddy Boo Boo, Honey Bee Bees, Honey Rue Rue and, naturally, the Krewe of Honey Do Do.
Barkus’s main function has always been a see-and-be-seen opportunity for man’s best friends and those that love them — with some gentle subversion of the grander parades mixed in. Part of the charm is that it’s not a spectacle that takes itself too seriously. Considering the single mindedness of the four-legged marchers, it’s also never been the most tightly structured procession. Having said that, from my vantage point on Dumaine Street near Bourbon Street this afternoon, Barkus 2013 seemed a bit too casual, with too many rudimentary costumes, uninspired throws and gaps in the parade progress.
As one nearby onlooker put it, “They’re stragglin’ this year.”
Don’t get me wrong. The gorgeous spring-like weather, the convivial crowd, the French Quarter atmosphere and the endless varieties of passing pooches made for an amusing afternoon – how often do you see a chocolate Shar Pei in a tutu and tiara.
Reality TV series “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” was parodied by numerous canines and their owners during the 2013 Barkus Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans.
The float titles for the dog-celebrating parade Sunday included “Honey Bow Wow,” “Honey Roux Boux,” “Buddy Boo Boo,” “Honey Bee Bees,” “Honey Rue Rue” and “Krewe of Honey Do Do,” The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Monday.
Some spectators said they felt this year’s parade, with its glut of “Honey Boo Boo” tributes, paled in comparison to previous events.
Video of some of the parade participants:
THE MYSTIC KREWE OF BARKUS PARADE IN LOUISIANA 2013 Theme: Tails & Tiaras – FUNNY DOGS January 27, 2013