Prepping for Pepper’s First Parade

2015 has arrived (about two weeks ago) and I have decided to declare this year the Year of the Ginger.  I have a few personal goals that I would like to accomplish this year- complete a (half) Iron Man, graduate nursing school, get a big girl job, marry Prince Harry, etc.- and Pepper decided to make some resolutions of her own this year.  Last year her resolutions consisted of “become house broken”, “stop swallowing whole socks”, and “stop jumping into the shower when other people are using it,” but this year Pepper is focused on climbing the New Orleans social ladder

This week we took the first step to getting a paw into the local social scene by joining the Mystic Krewe of Barkus.  Barkus is a canine Mardi Gras krewe that parades through the French Quarter two Sundays before Mardi Gras Day.   Being in a Mardi Gras parade is big deal, especially because this is our first one.  This is the place to see and be seen in elite canine social circles, and so participation must be taken very seriously.

The biggest accessory to any successful parade is an awesome costume.  This year the theme of the Barkus parade is “Bark Wars”, a canine Star Wars theme.  Pepper and I have been scouring the internet for costume ideas, but we haven’t found anything that really speaks to us yet.  One option would be for Pepper to dress as Princess Leia.


(Borrowed from Dooce’s blog here: http://dooce.com/2006/11/01/because-all-the-half-witted-scruffy-looking-nerf-herders-were-sold-out/)

Unfortunately, this just feels like the obvious choice and I’m worried that she’ll be lost in a sea of Leias.  Probably not the best way to be noticed on our big Mardi Gras debut.  There are some edgier fashion options for us to explore, such as a canine ATAT Walker.

But after some discussion, Pepper and I decided that this particular costume may make her look “boxy” and has the potential to accentuate her nose too much.

We could always go for the classic Yoda costume….

But let’s be real, Pepper isn’t wise enough to pull that off.

If all else fails, we can always dress up in festive Mardi Gras garb- a purple, green, and gold tutu, some sequins, some glitter, and probably a feather boa of some kind.  Whatever we decide, we need to get moving, because good costume preparation is no easy task. It’s time to break out the hot glue gun and get cracking.

What do you think?  What costume should Pepper wear for her great Mardi Gras debut?

2 thoughts on “Prepping for Pepper’s First Parade

  1. I’m definitely leaning Mardi Gras garb–maybe a bead-covered bustier? I think Ginger could pull that off. Wait a minute . . . I didn’t mean literally pull it off. That’s a whole other Mardi Gras twist. 😉 Enjoy the parade!

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