Andy Cohen Grand Marshal at Beggin’ Pet Parade

Begginâ?? Pet Parade
He may make tongues wag as the host of the late night Bravo network chat fest Watch What Happens L!ve, but when talk show host Andy Cohen hosted the 21st annual Beggin® Pet Parade he made tails wag.

As the Grand Marshal of the Guinness Book of World Record-holding Mardi Gras-themed parade, the St. Louis-born celebrity waved to an estimated 10,000 spectators as he led reveling Rovers clad in canine costumes through the streets of Soulard, Missouri, all to help a paws cause.

Begginâ?? Pet Parade

“I love nothing more than hanging out with m’dog, Wacha, so I jumped at the chance to lead the Beggin Pet Parade,” said Cohen, doting Dad of the aforementioned rescued beagle-foxhound mix. “How fun to be able to bring people and their pets together in my hometown for a good cause!”

Begginâ?? Pet Parade

Following the promenade of pups, pooches and their proud pet parents partied to hits performed by the twice Grammy-nominated band Barenaked Ladies, cheered for the flamboyant frocks of Fidos participating in the costume contest, with a terrier mix named Jack being crowned the parade’s King, a poodle named Checkers winning the title of Queen and Welsh Terriers Rozi Z, Zizi Z and Magi Z being proclaimed Most Loyal Subjects.

Jager, a 6-year-old English Bulldog, waits for the start of the 21st annual Beggin’ Pet Parade:
Begginâ?? Pet Parade

A happening with heart, the parade raised more than $17,000 for Open Door Animal Sanctuary— a non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization in the St. Louis area– through the $10 registration fee required for each pet participating in the parade. Registered pooches received a free Beggin’ Party Bag filled with Mardi Gras beads, Beggin’ brand dog treats and a certificate of participation.

Seven-year-old Welsh Terrier Rozi Z earned a Most Loyal Subject honor during the costume contest:
Begginâ?? Pet Parade

For more information about the parade, including photos and highlights,please visit and or search the hashtag #BegginPetParade on Twitter and Instagram.

Photo Credit: PRNewswire; AP Photo/Purina, Whitney Curtis

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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.