Unusual sights at Mal's St. Paddy's Pet and Children's Parades - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Unusual sights at Mal's St. Paddy's Pet and Children's Parades

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Adults aren't the only ones who filled downtown Jackson earlier for St. Paddy's Day celebrations.

Dozens of four legged creatures, including some you might not expect and lots of little ones packed their own parade route!

Some of the cutest pint sized leprechauns and man's best friend packed Lamar Street for the annual St. Paddy's Pet and Children's Parades.

"I like all of it!" said second grader Emmia Garner.

This year's overall Mal's St. Paddy's Parade theme "Drink Local...Think Global" won a calm and collect pair of dogs Miss Susie and Lala an award for most creativity.

"Miss Susie is in a tuxedo and she could possibly be serving as a bartender today, Lala is just along for the fun maybe she's participating and coming to have some ale for St. Paddy's Day," said Miss Susie and Lala's owner, Susan Raphael.

This isn't Susie and Lala's first time winning the St. Paddy's Day pet parade.

Raphael said her dogs have won several times over the past 15 years.

Fourth grader Iley Baldwin is a fan of all the pets parading the route.

"I like to see the different animals how people use their creative minds to make their pets look silly and fashionable," said Baldwin.

A little silly and certainly fashionable and original some zoo animals from Buck-A-Roo Parties were a part of the parade. A lama won most originality.

"This is Larry he's a lama, Larry's about two years old," said Tammie Dobson of Buck-A-Roo Parties.

 Of course pets weren't the only one's enjoying the spotlight.

 Lots of children showed off their St. Patrick's Day spirit too!

 "This outfit is one of my favorites I got to wear my cute little tutu, my tights, my cute shoes and my cute Austin & Ally shirt," said third grader Allyson Bradley.

Proceeds from the Pet and Children's parades benefit the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital and the Mississippi Animal Rescue League.


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