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Riverwalk’s Pet Parade to honor the armed forces

Here’s your opportunity to show the entire community how cool your dog is, and honor our armed forces on Armed Forces Day.

Riverwalk Casino is sponsoring the first of what is hoped to be an annual 4 PAWS Sake Pet Parade, featuring dogs of the Vicksburg-Warren County community, on May 20 in downtown Vicksburg.

The parade will features three grand marshals, all service dogs: X-On from the Vicksburg Police Department, Soldier from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and Sassy from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

“We have always partnered with Riverwalk Casino,” said Leigh Conerly, president of PAWS Rescue in Vicksburg and Warren County. “They are a big supporter of PAWS.”

She said Gay Gustafson of Riverwalk Casino called and wanted to do some type of fundraiser for the animal rescue group, and they thought it was a great time for a parade.

“The parade will have a red, white and blue theme, so we urge everyone to come out and bring your pet and dress them up, if you’d like. Or, simply include something that’s red, white and blue,” Conerly said.

The parade will feature a prize for the most patriotic costume.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Walnut and Veto streets. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.

“It will be in the empty parking lot across the street from the library,” she said.

The parade will make its way onto Washington Street and continue to the site of the Farmers’ Market.

Water stations will be available for thirsty dogs and other parade participants. The parade will be limited to two dogs per participant.

There, D.J. Shaggy from KHits 104.5 will play music from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Participation costs $20, and all proceeds go to PAWS Rescue.

Registration forms are available on the pawsrescuepets.org, or at Petsense or any veterinarian office in Vicksburg and Warren County.

T-shirts honoring the event are available now at the Riverwalk Casino Gift Shop. Cost for the t-shirt is $15.

Dogs will be required to be on a leash at all times. Also, participants will be asked to “pick up” after their dog. Bags will be available.

“We encourage participants to come out to the parade. All proceeds will go to PAWS Rescue.

The more donations we receive, the more animals in this community we can help,” Conerly said.