Well-Attended Pet Parade Leaves ‘Em Smiling

By Paula Detwiller

A Goldendoodle with bunny ears. A Shih Tzu in a tutu. And the most Rastafarian-looking dog you’ve ever seen!

2011 Easter Bonnet Pet Parade

Pets and humans parading down Atlantic Avenue

 Those were just three of the 85 entrants in the Delray GreenMarket’s 10th Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade, held on April 23rd.  The pets and their human companions brought smiles to a lot of faces as they walked—and rolled—down Atlantic Avenue from Old School Square to the GreenMarket, and then down the “red carpet” to the judge’s tent.

A Furry Fiesta

Two cats, two goats, a couple of rabbits, and one dearly loved stuffed animal joined the parade of dressed-up dogs. Five-year-old Maitreya Motel, whose dog died recently, carried Tito (a purple stuffed Chihuahua with a sunflower hat) in the parade. The judges were so touched, they awarded Maitreya and Tito “Best of Show.”

Best of Show 2011

Awards were given in six other categories: Most Traditional, Most Original, Funniest Bonnet, Most Tropical, Most Frou-Frou, and Owner-Pet Look-Alike. To see more photos of the winners, check out this great slideshow by amateur photographer Rick Schofield. Visit our Facebook page for more Pet Parade pics and other information about the GreenMarket.

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