Friday, February 16, 2024

Going to the dogs


The winter season is winding down, and there are only a few weekends left of our beloved green markets. All the more reason not to miss this Saturday’s Delray Green Market on April 19—which hosts the 13th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade. If it weren’t enough to go for the spices or the Green Cay tomatoes or the French quiches or the paella or the pickles, now you can also see the people who dress their dogs up—and the fine stoic dogs who let them.

And this is no ordinary casual wear, either; we are talking Easter bonnets and carriages and frilly collars and sunglasses and dresses and balloons. There is no end to what people and their pets will do to show off, and I, for one, find it irresistible.

The parade starts at 10 a.m. and proceeds up Northeast First Avenue and west on Atlantic Avenue to the front lawn of the Cornell Museum for judging and prizes. Categories include Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest, Most Frou-Frou, Most Tropical, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike and Best of Show. Entry fee is $3.

All proceeds benefit Dezzy’s Second Chance Rescue.  Registration is from 9 to 9:45 am under the “Big Top” directly behind the Green Market and in front of the amphitheater.

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