The Pet Parade and Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard

Sara and John Newton of Shrewsbury pose with their two huskies, Mishka (left) and Kico prior to the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The registration line at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Two-year-old Dottie Dolan helps hand out gift bags in the Purina booth Sunday at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Kelley Richardson and Jason Walsh enjoy some smoked ribs on Sunday at Bogart’s Smokehouse while their dog, Rocket, watches. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
People and pets outside Bogart’s Smokehouse wait for assembly for the Purina Pet Parade to begin (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Michelle Merchant with her dog, Hennessy, before the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Volunteer Cathie Therrell waits for the start of the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Waiting for the parade along Lafayette Avenue. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Spectators along Ninth Street wait for the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Matt Drobak watches as Alexis Zotos tries to get their poodles, Ellie and Ernest, to pose for her by holding a treat over her head at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Waiting for the parade along Lafayette Avenue in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade heads east along Lafayette Avenue in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade mascot greets spectators along the route in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade mascot greets spectators along the route in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade mascot greets spectators along the route in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
The Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Cooper Williams (Tall Hat) watches his dog, Bryz, get to know two other dogs at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Bill Brodrick and his dog, Gizmo, at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday, Feb.16, 2020. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Cathy Weldon of Kirkwood wears a dog mask at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Michaela Redeker holds her dog, Ava, as they watch the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Maria Weithlin and Chris Volland, with their dog, Pistil, at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Brent and Jackie, with their dog Lucy, wait along Ninth Street for the Purina Pet Parade Sunday, Feb.16. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Jeana Phillips with her 10-month-old Great Dane puppy, Toretto, at the Purina Pet Parade in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
And they’re off! Dogs compete in the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Owners cheer their pups on to the finish line at Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Owners do their best to encourage their racers toward the finish line of the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Owners wait at the finish line of the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Dogs compete in the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Dogs compete in the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
Owners do their best to encourage their racers toward the finish line of the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
An owner encourages a straggler during the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)
An owner encourages a straggler during the Tito’s Wiener Dog Derby in Soulard on Sunday. (Robert C. Holt III / for MetroSTL.com)

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