St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show returns to Old Town Alexandria

It’s a tradition that takes over Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, every year. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Fun Dog Show returned to town with plenty of entertainment Saturday afternoon.

The parade started at 12:30 p.m. on King Street, where thousands of people lined the sidewalks dressed for the occasion. Pipe bands, Irish dancers and plenty of kilts were on display along the parade route.

The annual Fun Dog Show kicked off in Market Square, where more than 30 canines competed for the top prize in categories ranging from “Most Talented” to “Most St. Paddy’s Spirit.”

Sally Fallon and her pup, Baxter, were going for “Most Creative Costume” this year, with a small pot of gold packed with goodies sewn to the top of Baxter’s sweater.

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Dogs in costume were perhaps the highlight of the St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Alexandria. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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The dog show attracted lots of fans, including this spaniel. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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Revelers dressed themselves and their dogs in their greenest gear. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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The streets were closed and the sidewalks were filled with those getting a jump on the holiday. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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Even the Cub Scouts got in on the act in Alexandria’s St. Patrick’s Day parade. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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Many dogs put on their best green gear, even some headgear. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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Dogs competed in different classes, including “Most Talented.” (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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The poodle looked good with a fresh haircut and a green leash for the holiday. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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One dog even wore a homemade pot of gold. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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This Irish wolf hound is right at home on St. Patrick’s day. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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Fans of the holiday didn’t let the cool March day stop them from wearing kilts. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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This spaniel was decked out in orange, green and white, just like the Irish flag. (WTOP/Melissa Howell)

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“It’s supposed to be a dog’s pot of gold, so it has shoes in the pot. He didn’t win,” Fallon said, still pleased with her finished project.

Mary Wood recently moved to Alexandria from Bend, Oregon, and said the dogs and the festivities were the highlight of her weekend. “Bend is known as a dog city, but I think Alexandria is their competition,” she said. “It’s nice just to be with the people and to just celebrate the day,” Wood said.

WTOP’s Melissa Howell reported from Alexandria, Virginia. 

Melissa Howell

Melissa Howell joined WTOP Radio in March 2018 and is excited to cover stories that matter across D.C., as well as in Maryland and Virginia. 

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