St. Paddy's Kids' and Pet Parades unique - - Jackson, MS

St. Paddy's Kids' and Pet Parades unique

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Dogs, big and small, dressed in different colored tutu's and other green outfits strutted through downtown Jackson showing off their St. Patrick's Day spirit.

"He had a green wig but his fell off; he doesn't like to wear hats," said dog owner, John Packer.

Packer and his golden retriever named Bo dressed in matching shirts and ties sporting the colors of the Irish flag.

"Bo had a great time this is our second time doing this," said Packer.

Dogs weren't the only ones entered into the pet parade. A skunk named Shy was also in the parade. Shy didn't place for a prize, but she and her owner, eleven year-old Katie Kirby had lots of fun.

Kirby said, "I just wanted an exotic pet so I wanted to have something different."

Speaking of different, two hamsters hanging from cages attached to a hoola-hoop won first place for originality. Six year-old Bryce Palmer is their owner of Tangled and Twinkle.

Bryce's grandmother wasn't surprised by the win.

"Not really he's kind of a ham he likes the crowds," said Debora Palmer.

Children also competed during the children's parade. Third grade student Kelly Grace Raiford entered the parade with her friends.

"We do this every year we have a lot of fun doing it and it's just a fun thing to do," said Raiford.

"We found it to be very fun just to dress up and have fun and everything," said Callaway High school senior Ciara Williams.

Proceeds from the pet parade benefit the Mississippi Animal Rescue League. Money raised from the children's parade will go to the Blair Batson Children's hospital.


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