After a glorious ride as the 2023 Grand Marshal, Bea Broussard graciously returns to lead the 31st Mystic Krewe of Barkus parade as Her Majesty XXXI.
Bea is a nine-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, who is the daughter of Brian and Aimee Broussard of Baton Rouge. She is also the younger sister to Milo, a former Duke in the Barkus royal family.
Puppy mill mama turned princess and now our queen, Bea’s luxurious ears and sophisticated style are a far cry from the rural Missouri farm where she endured the first 5 years of her life churning out puppies for profit only to find herself dumped at the Dogwood Animal Shelter in Osage Beach as part of a massive downsize of 140+ dogs. And though her missing front teeth (she was left with only 4) and aversion to certain people tell a tale of days gone by, Bea has made it her mission to lead with kindness and hope; hope that one day commercial breeding will be a thing of the past and that more people will choose to pursue adoption when seeking a new furry family member.
She spends her days recipe testing in her mom’s southern kitchen and will be the first to tell you that landing herself in an award-winning cookbook author and food columnist’s home certainly has its perks. Much more than a pretty face and a batch of pupcakes, however, it is Bea’s commitment to community service that proves inspirational.
Bea serves as Team Captain of Bea’s Blanket Brigade- the handmade blanket division of The Rally Bear Foundation, a registered canine cancer care package nonprofit established in honor of her brother, Tucker Bear; who was also a rescued CKCS. With a shared passion for blanketing kindness, Bea can also be found shipping her handmade blankets across the country on behalf of the Fur Angel Blessing Blanketeers.
Her freedom obtained by The Cavalier Rescue in 2019, a volunteer organization in which her mother serves as Louisiana coordinator, Bea continues to pay it forward by welcoming other cavaliers in need into her home, instilling in them that the very best is yet to come…if only you “bea”-lieve.
All HAIL BARKUS XXXI, Queen Bea Broussard!!!