Humans, at least the ones around these parts, aren't very accustomed to surviving cold weather. Typically, to make it through a winter's day out of doors, St. Louisans have to bundle up and drink a special elixir called a hurricane. This beverage allows the humans to withstand temperatures outside their comfort zone, and have a good time while doing so. Puppy dogs are different. With fur everywhere, they can tolerate the chill better than their peeps -- and they can usually do so with panache and style, and without being sloppy drunk. Just another way that dogs are dynamite. To check out a bunch of crazy-awesome dogs, all in one crazy-awesome place, dress for the weather and get thee to the corner of Menard Street and Allen Avenue in Soulard for the tail-waggingly popular Beggin' Pet Parade
, which is part of St. Louis' Mardi Gras festivities (www.mardigrasinc.com
). Some dogs will walk au naturel, while others will prance in their Mardi Gras (or Halloween) finery -- all outfits are welcome and encouraged. If your pup would like to participate, bring along $10 to register him or her between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and be ready to stroll. All proceeds from the event benefit the Open Door Animal Sanctuary, a local no-kill shelter.
Sun., Feb. 7, 2010