The 24th Annual St. Patricks Day Parade in Birmingham, Alabama, will bring rowdy revelers in wacky costumes together this Saturday (Mar. 14) to celebrate the Irish holiday.
Though grown-ups are encouraged to sport their craziest costumes and body paint, spokesperson Mary Dougherty says doing the same to pets is a mean way to go green.
She explains, Were not going to encourage anyone to paint their animals. Its not a good idea. Theres lots cute shorts they can wear instead of doing that to them.
Dougherty also says forcing kids into embarrassing costumes can not only be uncomfortable for them, it can be traumatic.
She says, If it was my kid I wouldnt do it. If a kids not comfortable, theyre not gonna have a good time, and if they get teased by other kids it can be hard for them.
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