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2013 Ruff on the River Pooch Parade

"Ruff" is going Hollywood

The 2013 Pooch Parade is going HOLLYWOOD and will be held on Sunday May 26, 2013 at Riverfest. Ruff on the River and Riverfest want to give back to animal organizations in need. What better way than to get the community together for some fun and at the same time do good for others. This year proceeds recipients are as follows: All About Labs, Canine Companions for Independence, Little Rock Animal Shelter and Out of the Woods.

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The registration "PAWTY" will take place at 9:00 a.m. in the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and River Market Ave. The perfect drop off location for the escort and Dog!!! Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. and will end at Heifer International. Immediately following the parade will be the Weenie Dog Derby. Join our celebrity judges on the Red carpet as they give away top prizes at the Winners Circle and introduce the recipients of our proceeds and the winners of the best costume contest and we will conclude the festivities with a Blessing of the Pets service.

Register your four-legged friend today, then dress your pooch in costume and let the judges decide who has the most creative costume. Each pooch registration includes one human escort. Additional escorts can walk with the pooch by purchasing an escort pass. Escort passes can be purchased through the online registration form or at the registration "Pawty". For more specific information about the parade and other pertinent information, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Does your pooch have style?

Weenie Dog Derby for all short legged dogs
Immediately following the parade, be sure to join in the fun of the Weenie Dog Derby in the Family Zone at Heifer International. If you have a short-legged pooch be sure to entry him or her to join in the fun! There will be three (3) categories of short-legged dogs: Beenie Weenies, Hot Dogs and Summer Sausages. Last year's winner was a Pomeranian! Details of each category can be found on the FAQ page.

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To round out the day of fun, join our celebrity judges in the Winners Circle as they award prizes to the winner of the costume contest and the first place winner from each category of the Weenie Dog Derby. Prizes will also be awarded to the Ruff King and Queen's Court and the King and Queen Rescue.

The purpose of Ruff on the River is to give back to those in need. What could be better than getting the community together for some fun while doing good for others? Be sure to stop by and visit with the benefitting organizations during the registration "Pawty" and following the parade, in the Riverfest Family Zone.

Register Today!!