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Doggy Parade at the Deep Ellum Arts Festival

The Deep Ellum Arts Festival runs from Friday, April 2rd to Sunday, April 4th. On Sunday, there is a Pet Parade at the Deep Ellum Bark Park. Registration starts at 11 a.m. for the parade. Your $10 gets you a Bark Park t-shirt, a “Doggie Bag” full of goodies, and an entry in either the Best Costume, Best Personality, or Best Trick in the Pet Parade competition.

At noon, the parade will start and go to down Main Street to one of the stages. There, each participant will be introduced, judging will occur, and prizes will be given out. After the pet activities are finished there are a lot of other things to see and do.

The 16th Annual Deep Ellum Arts Festival is six blocks of street party. It features four open-air stages showcasing a variety of music styles, from rock to country. There is no fee to attend this festival. However, you will want to bring plenty of money for food and drinks as no coolers are allowed. There will be beer, wine, sodas, water, and many specialty dishes to choose from, so you won’t go hungry or too thirsty.

In addition to the dog oriented activities and the food, there is a very exclusive juried art show with nearly 120 decorative and visual artists. These artisans will be displaying their work. Many of them will have works for sale. You can also commission a work from many of the artists. Some of them will be creating works of art on the spot, as well.

The festival goes until 7 pm on Sunday. The festival press release notes that this is an adult-oriented event in that there will be no children’s activities. While children are welcome, you will have to keep them supervised and entertained yourself.

Parking is at the DART stations at Good Latimer or Baylor. There is a shuttle to the festival, but dogs are not allowed on it. However, the festival is only two blocks from either station.

Finally, remember to pick up after your dog. Watch for other dogs that are not as well behaved as your dog. Be sure to carry a bowl and give your dog water often. Have fun!

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