King Baker Williamson of New Orleans

The Mystic Krewe of Barkus, the only officially licensed Mardi Gras Krewe for canines, is pleased to introduce their monarch for 2018: King Baker Williamson of New Orleans, His Majesty XXVI.


King Baker, the son of Tim and Jenny Williamson, and the brother of Katie Blair Williamson is an English Cream Golden Retriever who is excessively handsome. At eight months old, he is already 58 pounds and turns heads every time he goes out in public. Although he is still growing physically, his emotional IQ is off the charts. King Baker came to live with his family at only nine weeks old but adjusted well. He adores his canine sisters, Luna, who is a beagle mix adopted from Zeus Place, and Lily, who is a Coton de Tulear. But, his human sister, Katie Blair, is his main squeeze.  (King Baker Williamson at home with sisters, Luna, Lily and Katie Blair.)


King Baker is preparing for his reign by getting professional coaching by prior Royals, both human and canine. "I am staying focused on my responsibilities as King of the best Mardi Gras parade for dogs on this planet," said the young King Baker. "I am also looking forward to meeting my Queen and the rest of the Royal Court soon. I have never met a real Queen before," he added.   


King Baker Williamson is calling all dogs, whether high born or low born, to get their humans to register online at for the parade on Sunday, February 4, 2018. He invites everyone to the pre-pawty parade and post-pawty parade at Armstrong Park that starts at 10:30 a.m. The parade starts promptly at 2 pm and follows a 15-block route through the Vieux Carré, stopping at the VIP Reviewing Stand at Good Friends Bar, corner Dauphine and St. Ann, where VIPs will toast the Royal Court. Curious observers are welcome to come watch the parade. 





King Baker Williamson knows that the French Quarter will become ground zero for the quest of the Iron Paw with this year's theme: "Game of Bones: Barkus Marks Its Territory."  He expects his canine krewe members will amass like an army in a quest for the dominance they have deserved for so long.  

All proceeds from Barkus, a non-profit organization founded by Wood Enterprises, benefit animal organizations in New Orleans and the Gulf South area. For more information, visit or e-mail

EQUALITY DISCLAIMER: All dogs are eligible for various levels of membership without regard to their social, educational or family backgrounds. All colors, coat types, tail sizes and body mixes accepted. Cosmetically and non-cosmetically challenged dogs are welcome. Bluebloods and previously homeless dogs encouraged to participate.