Thousands of Costumed Pooches Walk in the Beggin’ Pet Parade

beggin' pet parade mardi gras st louis baxtersThousands of pooches and their human companions withstood the chilly temperatures for the 21st Annual Beggin’ Pet Parade February 23. Hosted by Bravo TV executive and St. Louis-native Andy Cohen, the parade featured a performance from Canadian group Barenaked Ladies, costume contests for dogs and, of course, plenty of treats.

Four-legged friends donned hats, puppy-sized Mardi Gras beads and sashes and colorful costumes in celebration of the spirited holiday. Izzy, a Golden Retriever, was even painted to look like a tiger by her owner Joe Hull of Maryland Heights, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

“She’s enjoying the attention,” Hull told the publication. “I wouldn’t have painted her if she wasn’t friendly, because everybody wants to come up to her.”

One of the biggest highlights of this year’s event was the dog costume contest. Creatively fashioned dogs were crowned King, Queen and Most Loyal subjects, as well as a best group costume.

The Beggin’ Pet Parade is one of the largest of its kind in the world and, it set a Guinness World record for “Most Dogs in Costumed Attire” in 2012 with 1,326 pups.

“This year’s Beggin’ Pet Parade was the best yet with the help of Andy Cohen, Barenaked Ladies and the thousands of parade-goers,” Greg Stinson, Beggin’ assistant brand manager, said. “We love seeing the unique costumes, celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras, and creating memorable moments with pets and their owners. We’re already looking forward to next year!”

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