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Gussy up your pooch and head to Dogs on Parade

COURTESY PHOTO - Dress up your pooch and get ready for Dogs on Parade Tuesday, July 19 at Tuesday Night Market in downtown Hillsboro.Who doesn’t love a big dog wearing pink a tutu? Or a pack of Pomeranians dressed as Minions?

That’s the stuff that makes Dogs on Parade at Tuesday Night Market in downtown Hillsboro such a popular annual event. This year’s event is slated for Tuesday, July 19. 

“We hope that everyone will bring their family — including friendly dogs — and enjoy,” says Jen Keene, Animal Behavior and Outreach Coordinator for Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter in Hillsboro.

Dogs on Parade is an opportunity for local dog lovers to bring their pets out to celebrate and to raise money for the animals at the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter. There is a suggested $5 donation per entry into the parade, but anyone who registers is welcome to participate. Leashes are required and costumes are optional.

“It’s hard to tell who is having more fun, the people or the dogs,” says Keene. “People look forward to Dogs on Parade each year. It is so wonderful to see familiar faces and meet new friends who are all supporting the Bonnie Hays Animal Shelter.”

Here’s the schedule of events at the Civic Center Plaza:

 

5:30 p.m.— Mountain Wave K9 Search & Rescue Demonstration.

6 p.m. — STAGE Troupers from STAGES Performing Arts Youth Academy present “Arf!” a one-act play. 

6:30 p.m. — Interactive K9 games. Get involved and win a prize.

7 p.m. — Parade. A short walk through the market past adoring fans.

7:30 p.m. — Contests: Dog-owner look-alike, smallest dog and biggest dog, best trick, best costume.