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Pooch parade to lead off First Wednesday street party tonight

August event is always biggest of downtown summertime events

The Pleasanton Downtown Association's First Wednesday street party gets under way at 6 p.m. tonight, always one of the largest downtown events with the annual "Pooch Parade" leading the August celebration.

Dozens of proud pups will show off their outfits as the Tri-Valley Guide Dogs Puppy Raisers hosts the 12th annual Pooch Parade.

Pet owners can enter their canines in any of eight categories, including Most Creative Costumed Pooch, Cute Enough As Is (naked pooches under 30 pounds), Best Team Outfit (human and pooch), Best Team Outfits (pooch and pooch), Cute Enough As Is (naked pooches over 30 pounds), Puppy Fun (two years old and younger), Senior Pooches (10 years and older) and Best "Trick" Pooch.

Entry is $10 per category and registration begins at 5 p.m. The parade will start at 6 at Lions Wayside Park on the corner of First and Neal streets.

Proceeds will benefit the Puppy Raisers organization, which raises, socializes and trains puppies to become guide dogs for the blind.

For more information, visit www.trivalleyguidedogs.org

Pleasanton Downtown Association, Tri-Valley Guide Dogs Puppy Raisers

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