Monday, February 13, 2012

Dog Parade

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St. Louis loves a reason to drink in the streets in broad daylight. Thus, our raucous Mardi Gras season. It doesn't come close to New Orleans, of course, but it's quite a big party. View it with suspicion, though - it's all corporate. What started as a community festival now has dozens of sponsors trying to sell something and the event itself has the ominous web site mardigrasinc.com.

The season kicked off yesterday with an enormous dog parade in the Soulard neighborhood. I wish CDP's great dog expert, Jilly of Menton DP, could have been there. I'm sure there were thousands of people and pooches; it was awfully crowded. The day's festivities were sponsored by Purina, the animal food maker headquartered here. It was enough to leave the participants dazed and confused.

I'll be running with these pictures for a few days.

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9 comments:

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I can never get too many poochy pictures Bob, it's fun to see if you can see any resemblance to their owners haha!

Olivier said...

c'est typiquement américain, je me rappelle pas d'avoir vu une "Chien Parade" en France. Beaux portraits

cieldequimper said...

The day they have a dog parade here, I'm emigrating. Don't know where to... Both great double portraits!

Gunn said...

Do the dogs look like their owners???
Well, they are perhaps dressed up for the after ski party??

Jilly said...

These are fabulous Bob and I agree with Olivier, this is something very American. I too have never seen a pooch parade in France. More's the pity.

Super shots and I love that you've taken dog and owner together.

Thanks so much for both links - funnily enough your first photo shows a Yorkie and I have a Yorkie on Riviera Dogs today.

Looking forward to more doggies....

Steffe said...

We don't have parades where I live so I always find it interesting to see photos like these.

William Kendall said...

The dogs are thinking, "do I get a treat for this? First rights of refusal on the photos if I don't look my best?"

Jack said...

I wonder if there is a way to ship all American pet parades to France. Just trying to be neighborly . . .

ShadowyOne said...

Evidently, we are going to set the world record for most dogs in costume: stltoday.com article here.