Tuesday, March 14, 2006

St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sponsors Outlaw Green Pets

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s okay to paint yourself green on St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17), but leave your pet alone.

That’s the warning being given by the organizers of Birmingham’s 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Mary Dougherty, the Vice President of the Alabama Celtic Association, says she hopes to see lots of green-clad patrons attending Friday’s parade – as long as they’re all consenting humans.

She has a bone to pick with people who paint their pooches green. As she puts it, “I don’t spray my kids with green stuff. I figure if I’m not going to do it to my kids, I’m not going to do it to my dogs.”

Dougherty has been involved in promoting the parade for the past 10 years and has never seen any painted pooches.

Still, she’s issuing the anti-green dog edict to keep the many honored guests, including employees from animal rescues and kennel clubs from seeing red on Friday.

Luckily, pets donning costumes, scarves and hats are acceptable.

Although Dougherty’s decree is specifically for the Birmingham Parade, she hopes organizers of other Gaelic gatherings follow her lead.

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