|Mystic Krewe of Arfeous was created when Lulu Bean Blackenburg spotted Lil' Girl in the Tupelo Courtyard at the Village of Baytowne Wharf. Lil' Girl had just been shopping in Bark Avenue, which is the very posh and eclectic boutique owned by Lulu. Lulu commented on how "spicy" Lil' Girl looked in her pony print cowboy hat, along with her sparkling collar and matching scarf. They introduced themselves and a four-pawed friendship was established. Lulu introduced Lil' Girl to her sister Sophie, and the girls went everywhere together, being the first to model the season's hottest trends from Bark Avenue. After all, a girl's gotta advertise her own merchandise!
The girls loved to dress to the hilt and promenade around the Village. But being the socially conscious girls that they are, it wasn't long before they decided that an annual event should be established. They dreamed of an afternoon where costumed canines and their owners would have their own parade and festivities! All friends from far and wide would be invited!
Of course, being the classy gals that they are, they wanted a twist on this event. Lulu, Sophie, and Lil' Girl insisted that it be regal and tied to the four-pawed community. And when one says regal, one should expect Queens.......and even a King! Thus, Mystic Krewe of Arfeous was born. You would think three wicked stepsisters were planning a ball...(in fact they are, a Paw Ball for a future Mardi Gras). With the help of their parents and friends, Lulu, Sophie, and Lil' Girl worked out the details of the greatest Mardi Gras Canine Parade on the Emerald Coast!
Mardi Gras 2004 was themed "Dogs Gone Wild", and the Mystic Krewe of Arfeous rolled down the streets of the Village of Baytowne Wharf on Sunday, February 22, 2004. The streets were filled with costumes, parade favors, throws, and Mardi Gras beads. Themed convertibles, small floats (especially pulled by masters), golf carts, bicycles, and wagons were everywhere, with the sound of Mardi Gras music filling the air.
Our lucky King Arfeous I was chosen from Pet Welfare at Eglin Air Force Base. Named King Thomas, he was a royal king, and took his duties very seriously, as he represented millions of dogs everywhere. King Thomas was adopted after this event by a loving family that wanted to give him his "forever" castle.
The Mystic Krewe of Arfeous Mardi Gras dog parade is a yearly event and a portion of the proceeds will be given to the shelter that is chosen each year. Many of these shelters receive no monetary support, and operate solely on donations, grants, adoption fees, and fundraisers.