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updated: 3/13/2013 9:21 PM

St. Charles makes room for dressed up pooches in St. Patrick's Parade

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Submitted by Downtown St. Charles Partnership

The 2013 St. Patrick's Parade on Saturday, March 16, will feature dozens of dogs dressed up in their lucky St. Patrick's costumes. Sponsor St. Charles Veterinary Clinic is hosting a Deck Out Your Lucky Dog Contest from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. front of city hall, 2 E. Main St., St. Charles.

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Dogs of all ages, breeds, colors, and coats are encouraged to dress up and then walk in the parade with the other participants. Dog owners will have a voting number for their dog, and then all parade attendees are encouraged to vote at city hall before, during, and after the parade to show support for their favorite canine.

All registered dogs will receive a professional photograph courtesy of Alex Claney Photography. The dogs with the most votes will be eligible for prizes including a $100 Gift Certificate from St. Charles Veterinary Clinic, a one year supply of Heartworm, Flea, and Tick Preventative, an electric water fountain, and more. Dog owners are encouraged to preregister by filling out the registration form online at downtownstcharles.org/stpats.

The 2013 St. Patrick's Parade takes place on Main Street from Sixth Street to Fourth Avenue beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16. This year's parade will feature bands, Irish dancers, authentic Irish music, floats, school groups, preschools, service clubs, and an array of floats. Additionally, the Arcada Theatre will host a Dance Show that features area dance troupes beginning at 10 a.m.

For more information, visit DowntownStCharles.org, call the Downtown St. Charles Partnership office at (630) 443-3967, or email info@downtownstcharles.org.

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