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Purina Pet Parade 

When: Sun., Feb. 16, 1 p.m. 2020
Price: free for spectators
The costume traditions of Mardi Gras are not just for humans, and the Purina Pet Parade is the proof. On Sunday, February 16, beloved dogs who are comfortable wearing clothes, costumes or exotic outfits gather with their people at South 12th Street and Allen Avenue (www.stlmardigras.org) for the 1 p.m. parade of pooches. It's free to watch, and if you believe your dog has the charisma and "wow" factor to be named one of the best-dressed pets in the parade, it's only $10 to register a single canine; the judges will select the most gloriously attired pups for the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus at the Coronation Pageant, where the King and Queen of Barkus will be anointed with their crowns. Registration fees help the Open Door Animal Sanctuary. And don't forget the wiener dogs: Starting at 2 p.m. at Soulard Market Park (Lafayette Avenue and South Eighth Street), those dashing dachshunds will be separated into four categories and then race in six-dog heats to determine who is the fastest frank-shaped dog during Tito's Wiener Dog Derby. It costs $10 to enter your dog in the race, and admission is free for spectators, although VIP watching options are available.
— Paul Friswold

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