Our Carnival Heritage: The Krewe of Barkus The oldest of the animal krewes (there is a Krewe of Endymeow and the Mystic Krewe of Mardi Paws in Mandeville), formed in 1993 by members of the Margaret Orr Fan Club and sponsored by Wood Enterprises. Royalty matriculates through the ranks, taking at least two or three years to achieve the rights of regency. Their colourful parade of animals, owners, miniature floats, and innovative costumes makes this processional a highlight of the Vieux Carre's event schedule. Definitely one parade to bring the camera! The krewe also warns that cats, while welcome, will not be provided with security.