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Beggin' Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby 

When: Sun., Jan. 31, 1 p.m. 2016
Price: $10 donation to enter, free to watch

Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby

If you love pageantry, spectacle and the romance of a grand procession, you owe it to yourself to be at the Beggin' Pet Parade. The area's finest dogs don their most stylish robes and costumes to march through Soulard with their human friends. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at Twelfth Street and Allen Avenue, and it's free for spectators ($10 to march). You'll see dogs of all sizes and shapes in the parade, but there's only one breed allowed to compete in the Wiener Dog Derby. Dachshunds -- the most tubular dogs in the world -- race each other on a 30-foot-long track at 2 p.m. at Wiener Stadium (the brick plaza in front of Soulard Market). They're not the fastest dogs in the world, but they do all right for themselves. If you have a speedy wiener and wish to enter, it's $10 per dog. Admission is free for non-competitors. For more information on both events, visit
— Paul Friswold



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