Nothing perks people up like pets. It’s hard not to smile when faced with a wagging tail, a cute trick or a crazy costume, so all of these elements make for the perfect fundraising event. On September 6, local charity group Sweetwater Mission is hosting the first Marietta Mutt Strutt, a dog parade open to canine participants of all sizes.
At 10 a.m. on that Saturday, join an expected 1,500 attendees at Marietta First United Methodist Church. Registered dogs strut their stuff in the parade beginning at 11:30, an costumes are encouraged. Your dressy dog could win in categories such as Pet/Owner Look-Alike, School Spirit, At the Movies and others. If your pup isn’t crowd-friendly, enter them in the “People’s Choice Award” category by posting a photo on the Marietta Mutt Strutt Facebook page. Costume contest winners receive prizes from Costco, which include new dog beds.
In addition to the parade, the Marietta Mutt Strutt offers plenty of other activities until 3 p.m. Swing by the Bone Bar to scoop up free treats for your dog, and cheer on the participants in the adorable Dachshund races. Shop at any of the 60 vendor booths while enjoying the day’s soundtrack of live bluegrass music performed by the Cherokee Cut Ups. If you’re considering adding another pup to your pack, visit the eight local rescue groups who will be there with adoptable dogs.
Parking and admission are free, and registration to walk your dog in the parade begins at $20 per dog and rises to $30 on the day of the event. The proceeds go to Sweetwater Mission, the newly named partnership of Our Father’s Hands and Christian Aid Mission Partnership, which supports homeless and low-income neighbors by providing clothes, food, education and other crucial resources. And their good work doesn’t stop there – with this event, they’re spreading smiles to everyone who attends this four-legged day of fun.
Details: 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA, (770) 241-4302, www.sweetwatermission.org