Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Costumes Cause St. Paddy’s Day (Mar. 17) Trauma

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Forcing kids and pets into silly St. Paddy’s Day (Mar. 17) costumes can cause major trauma.

The 24th Annual St. Patrick’s 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, “We’re not going to encourage anyone to paint their animals. It’s not a good idea. There’s 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 wouldn’t do it. If a kid’s not comfortable, they’re not gonna have a good time, and if they get teased by other kids it can be hard for them.”

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