The 20th annual Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Mardi Gras Parade is set for Feb. 11. Registration will begin at noon at Pier 21 and the parade will commence at 1:30 p.m. at 20th Street and Harborside Drive.

For those eager to enter their favorite pet in the pet costume contest, it will be held from 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. on the pier. Again, this year, pet lovers have a choice: Bring your pet and participate in the 20th annual parade or enjoy watching all the frivolity and festivities at the third annual “A Cat’s Eye View” party from the balcony (second floor) of the trolley station building at 20th and Strand streets. Not only will parade watchers get to enjoy the Krewe of Barkus Parade, which begins at 1:30 p.m., but also attendees will get to see the Shriners Hospital’s Children and Sunshine Kids Parade at noon, along with the beloved and popular Children’s Parade that begins following the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Parade. Both the Pet Parade and the Balcony Party events benefit the Galveston Island Humane Society (GIHS).

For more information, email GIHS at, call the GIHS office at 409-740-1919, or visit online at The Galveston Island Humane Society, a nonprofit organization, is located at 6814 Broadway, in Galveston.

Members of The Laffite Society of Galveston recently celebrated its annual Holiday Banquet at the Lasker Inn. Lynette Haaga, hospitality director, coordinated the event that included dinner and the group’s signature drink, the Sazerac. President John Dickey welcomed all and Jeff Modzelewski gave the corsair’s toast. Seen enjoying the festivities were Anne Boyd, recently portraying Queen Victoria at Dickens on The Strand, past-president Larry Porter and the lovely Jan, Ed Jamison and Sandra Rogers, as well as Ondree Odinot Kuhn and daughter Linda. Jim Bevill, noted author and speaker on early Texas history, was joined by his wife, Jody. Betty Conner announced upcoming field trips for the group. The Laffite Society studies the life and times of Jean Laffite, who resided on Galveston Island from 1817 until 1820. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday at The Meridian. Information is available at their website:

Happy birthdays to Kitty Beall Kelso, Mattea Buzzurro Giacona, Ervin Mendlovitz, David Nathan, Leona Pleasant, Marilyn Brodwick, Erin Cox and Jim Nonus.

Frances Powell is a columnist for The Daily News. Send deets ’n’ pix of your parteez ’n’ proceedings to or call 409-744-6540.

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