King Stanley James Louis Preston Foxworth His Majesty XVII
The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only officially licensed Mardi Gras Krewe for canines, is pleased to introduce their monarch for 2019: King Stanley James Louis Preston Foxworth of the Bywater, New Orleans, His Majesty XXVII. King Stanley, the son of Tracy Foxworth, was once a sickly and homeless dog at Zeus's Place waiting for someone to make him part of their family. This changed when Tracy Foxworth adopted him. She gave him a loving home and a noble moniker complete with three middle names. King Stanley is a Shih Tzu and Boston Terrier blend mixed with a large dose of stuffed animal cute. Like many Barkus King's before him, King Stanley has no formal education and has no clue about his bio family. However, such matters are of little importance as his social and emotional IQ is off-the-charts. He is naturally charismatic and is a guaranteed smile-maker. His transition into the title of His Majesty will be smooth and his reign very organic. Obviously beautiful on the inside, King Stanley's custom-made wardrobe makes for a striking outward appearance. He considers himself a proper New Orleans gentleman and is often seen in attire befitting his status. "I prefer to wear blazers as I feel my best when I do," says King Stanley. "When I dress for success, I can dream like a big dog," he adds. Few would dispute that becoming King of Barkus is a dream come true. He is a monarch who is a force of resilience and a symbol of hope for his subjects waiting for a home. After his reign over the Barkus parade, King Stanley plans to write a bestseller called "From the Streets to Seersucker." King Stanley asks that canine krewe members amass in full nerd mode in the French Quarter on Sunday, February 24, 2019 in Armstrong Park to parade at 2 p.m. to the theme: "Big Bark Theory: Barkus Goes to Comic Con."
Grand Marshal Lolita
Grand Marshal Lolita is a rescue and the emotional loving companion to her mother, Margarita Bergen. She is a 3 year old Chihuahua and Terrier mix. She enjoys attending the finest social soirees with her mother and you can always find her dressed to impress. She is thrilled to be the Grand Marshal in her first ever Barkus Parade!
RIP Grand Marshal Lolita
Grand Duke Nike
Third time is a charm! This will be Grand Duke Nike’s third and final year in the Royal Court of the Krewe of Barkus. He feels it’s time to turn over his reign to someone else for next year. He has been coming to Barkus for many years and has enjoyed every single minute of it! He loves the festivities, the people and all the other pets he has met through the years! He will miss it all but will continue to assist in fundraisers and special events to help local shelters and rescues in his home State of Mississippi.
Princess Royale Innocence
Innocence (nicknamed “Inn”) grew up at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. When her owner, Malcolm Alexander, was exonerated on January 30, 2018 for a crime he did not commit, his greatest concern was getting Inn, who he had raised since Inn was a puppy, home. Innocence Project New Orleans was privileged to serve as local counsel with the Innocence Project to bring Mr. Alexander home after almost 38 years of wrongful imprisonment.
Malcolm was arrested in 1980 for a 1979 rape in which the only evidence against him was the eyewitness identification of the victim, who was attacked from behind and whose identification four months after the crime the police twice labeled as "tentative." The jury never heard this and Malcolm's trial lawyer didn't bother to give an opening statement, closing argument, or present any witnesses in his defense. In 2017, results of DNA testing excluded him as the donor of the pubic hairs that all the evidence suggests the perpetrator left in the bathroom where the victim was attacked. Accordingly, in Jefferson Parish, Judge June Berry Darensburg ordered his conviction vacated and his immediate release from custody. Malcolm walked into the arms of his waiting family two hours later. The following day, his lawyers drove to Angola and returned Inn to his happy owner. At the time Malcolm said to Inn, “I told you we’re gonna be free.”
Inn loves to eat chicken bones, swim, and go on walks with Malcolm all over New Orleans.
Duke Parker is a Jack Russell Terrier who was found by his daddy at Pet Fest in Lafreniere Park hence the name Parker. He loves chewing Bluetooths and eyeglasses and beating up on his siblings. Duke Parker is very excited to be a Duke again this year!
In 2010 Duke Andy found his forever home as he was adopted from the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.
Duke Andy is a mixed poodle-terrier-lab with a few other things. Duke Andy has been through obedience training at PetCo and has also been trained and certified as a Therapy Dog through Therapy Dog International. Duke Andy has been visiting Nursing Homes in Dubuque, Iowa since 2012. When he moved to Louisiana in the summer of 2014 he began regularly visiting nursing homes on the North Shore area of Lake Pontchartrain. Since he has been in Louisiana Duke Andy has participated in Barkus as a Lucky Dog!
Duke Sammy originates from Florida. He was found roaming Calle Ocho in Miami by his Mommy in April 2017. He moved to New Orleans in the summer of 2017. He enjoys walking, barking and napping. His favorite day of the week is Sunday because it is his "burger night."
He is extremely excited to be making his debut in the Mystic Krewe of Barkus as royalty.
We hereby present Duke Louie of Pixley! Duke Louie is a Labradane who started off life with a brief stint at Zeus’ Place before he was rescued by his parents in July 2018. He’s a gentle beast even though he hasn’t met a plush toy he couldn’t destroy. Duke Louie can typically be found in one of his usual haunts – exercising in Audubon Park, or hanging out with his friends at Crescent City Veterinary Hospital’s puppy play group. He loves listening to jams, playing fetch, and hogging the whole couch. Duke Louie is working diligently on his royal etiquette, training hard not to embarrass the 2019 Royal Court and his parents during the parade. He looks forward to the big day!
Duchess Vivian Louise
Duchess Ti-Henna was born in 2012 in the High Desert of California, but a few months later agreed to relocate with her new attendants Charles and Ann to New York City (once they had wrapped her up snugly in a cashmere scarf). She continues to live with them in New York, but has traveled to Barkus every year since 2014 (as did her predecessor, Henna), previously as a Lucky Dog. Like all poodles, she is capable of mind-reading, mouse-hunting, levitation, plotting, and incredible charm, and can convince anyone (other than the mice) that Someone Else Must Have Done It Because You Can't Possibly Think I Did. Her hobbies are eating cheese, nesting in freshly dried clothes, and burrowing into laps and bedclothes.
She is honored to be a part of the Royal Court and intends to act with her usual dignity and grace, so hide the cheese.