Midtown has Gone DogGone Crazy!

By on 24 July, 2017 in Carole King, Fun, Pets with 0 Comments

On Tuesday evening, August 1  at 6:30 the Garden District is going to the dogs with Pups on Parade. POP is an annual event initiated eight years ago by then-president of the neighborhood association John Hagan. John had lived in the Jamaica Plains neighborhood of Boston and had experienced this very successful fun event there. He sold the Garden District Preservation Association on supporting such an event in conjunction with National Night Out in August, a time of year when when it’s quite hot. Those of us Midtown dwellers know that most Old House Lovers are also dog folks, so the logic of a dog walk event is very simple. You walk your dog after work anyway, so why not participate in an event and socialize with your neighbors or meet new ones? Truth be known, there are more dogs in the Garden District than there are gardens, so it’s really a great promotional event for those maybe contemplating Garden District living. Now, eight years later, the event has blossomed into a dog-lover’s paradise with lots of “outsiders” attending with their dogs as well. The event is open to the public.

Pups on Parade starts with a short one mile walk through the neighborhood, starting at Bellinger Hill Park located on South Lawrence Street. All dogs must be on a leash (and under control). Leashes are mandatory and costumes are optional but encouraged. The walking route is easy and winds just a mile through the neighborhood with a police escort at corners for one-way street traffic safety issues. It’ll be hot, so wear comfortable shoes and cool clothing. The route circles back to the Park where there will be cool pool fun and treats for the canine walkers. For the humans, there will be cool drinks and, you guessed it, hot dogs with all the furnishings! Since the park is centrally located in the Garden District, if your pooch is pooped, they can be dropped off at home in the cool and you can come back to the park and enjoy socializing with your fellow Old House folks.

Come to a National Night Out celebration at Pups on Parade and enjoy spending time with your neighbors and your best canine buddies on Tuesday evening, August 1 at 6:30 at Bellinger Hill Park.

Carole King (not the singer, just the hummer) enjoys midtown living from South Capitol Parkway in Capitol Heights where she has lived for 25+years. Carole has been the historic properties curator for the Landmarks Foundation that manages Old Alabama Town for 28 years and is passionate about neighborhoods, their architectural character, their people, and their preservation!

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