Andy Cohen To Be Grand Marshal of Beggin’ Pet Parade

20th Annual Beggin’ Pet ParadeAs the host of Bravo network’s chat fest Watch What Happens Live he’s known for making tongues wag, but on February 23rd Andy Cohen, TV personality and proud pet parent to a rescue dog, will make tails wag as he steps into the role of Grand Marshal and host of the 21st annual Beggin’ Pet Parade.

Costume-clad canines and their human companions are invited to follow Cohen’s float down the streets of Soulard, a neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri, in a Mardi Gras celebration that’s a Guinness Record holder as the largest line-up of promenading pups in doggie duds the world has even seen.

Post-parade, revelers and their Rovers can tap their feet to the beat of tunes by the event’s musical guests, two-time Grammy Award-nominated Barenaked Ladies; find out which Fidos will be crowned King and Queen of Barkus; cheer for sprinting Spots in the PetSmart Wiener Dog Derby in the Banfield Pet Hospital Stadium in the Market Place and visit the Banfield Pet Health Expo.

A happening with heart, proceeds raised by people’s participation in the parade benefits the Open Door Animal Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter which has saved the lives of homeless dogs and cats since the 1970s.

Admission: $10 donation to walk in the parade with a pet

When: February 23, 2014, starting at 1 p.m.

Where: Parade route begins at Allen and Menard and ends at 8th and Lafayette by Soulard Market in Soulard, St. Louis, Missouri

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Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.