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Doggy Easter Parade in Turtle Creek

A doggy fashion show in Tokyo. You only have to go to Lee Park to show off your dog.
A doggy fashion show in Tokyo. You only have to go to Lee Park to show off your dog.
Ap Photo/Itsuo Inouye

This Sunday is the 25th annual Easter in the Park & Pooch Parade in Lee Park (along Turtle Creek). Registration is from 11 a.m. to 12:45 pm. At 1 pm, the parade starts. It is not just a parade of canines, however. These canine will be wearing their Easter Sunday best. There are competitions for best dressed dog, best owner/pet look-alike, best little dog, and best big dog. The competition is usually fierce as the Celebrity Grand Marshals decide the winners. The entry fee is $10 per category.

After the winners are announced, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra takes the stage and performs a mix of light classics and pop favorites. Concessions are available and many families spread a blanket on the grass to picnic, watch the parade, and hear the music. The concert is free. However, the proceeds from the doggy entry fees and the concessions go toward more programs for the Turtle Creek Association. The rain venue for the event is Unleashed Indoor Dog Parks, at 5151 Samuell Blvd, 75228.

There are some things to remember if you take your dog to this event. Keep your dog on a leash the entire event. Pick up after your dog. There will be lots of dogs and lots of children at this event. If your dog is aggressive toward either, please leave him home. Make sure you bring a water bowl and adequate water for your dog. It is likely to be hot so your dog will need a drink. Finally, if you have a costume on your dog and he starts getting too hot or shows signs of discomfort, take the costume off. No prize is worth making your dog miserable. Cautions aside, this should be a fun event for you and your family, dogs included.