Fife & Drum Corps to lead parade of dogs at tonight's First Wednesday Pooch Parade

More than 200 families to escort pets in annual event in downtown Pleasanton

The Pleasanton Fife & Drum Corps will lead tonight's First Wednesday street party, starting at 6 p.m. on Main Street.

Tonight's event is pays tribute to our four-legged friends and is appropriately themed "Dog Days of Summer." The Fife and Drum Corp, followed by the pooches, will kick off the parade at Abbie Street, proceeding north to the Pleasanton Hotel.

Jason Giaimo of the Young American Patriots Fife & Drum Corps said the parade is sponsored by the Tri-Valley Puppy Raisers and is a fundraiser for training guide dogs for the blind. The organization is expecting more than 200 families to march in the parade with their family dogs.

Also, police said there will be new street closures to accommodate the crowds.

Main Street will be closed from Del Valle Parkway to Old Bernal Avenue from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be no through traffic on Ray Street or Peters Avenue to Main Street. Traffic will be allowed on Peters and Ray for access to businesses located on those streets.

Pleasanton police officers will be located at each intersection to direct traffic.

Other changes also are planned.

A new family area at the north end of Main Street, in front of the Pleasanton Hotel, Main Street Brewery, Emilio's, Oasis and the Rose Hotel, which is why Main Street will be closed to Del Valle Parkway.

"We will not extend the booth space but are removing the family area out of the beer and wine area to the north end," said Alisha Perdue, PDA events coordinator. She hopes to provide live entertainment in the family area as well as other activities.

Another change is that the Beer & Wine Garden in the Round Table Pizza parking lot will no longer have seating. Plus no dogs will be allowed.

Pleasanton police suggested the "no animals policy' in the Beer & Wine Garden as it became more crowded each month, she explained, although dogs are still welcome at the rest of the event.

"We like downtown to be dog friendly," Perdue said, "but we were getting to the point where it was becoming dangerous for the animals."

Also some people became afraid if a dog barked, she noted. "We are trying to prevent anything from happening."

The featured band in the Beer and Wine Garden will be Public Eye playing rock 'n' roll hits from the '60s through today.

The Pooch Paraders will gather at 5 p.m. at Lions Wayside Park on First Street, and goodie bags will be given to the first 150 entries. The cost is $10 entry per category to benefit Tri-Valley Guide Dog Puppy Raisers.

Judging will be done at the park in seven categories: Most Creative Costume; Cute Enough As Is (naked pooch under 30 pounds); Best Team Outfit (human and pooch); Cute Enough As Is (naked pooch over 30 pounds); Puppy Fun (pooches under 2); Senior Pooch (10 years and older); and Best Trick (all ages).

--Dolores Fox Ciardelli

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Posted by Melanie
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 30, 2010 at 10:58 am

Come see us at Murphy's Paw that evening. We are going to have a dog ice cream social. The dog ice cream is $1 a cup and the proceeds benefit Guide Dogs for the Blind. This is just one of the many activities we have planned for that evening. And of course, dogs are always welcome at Murphy's Paw!! :)

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 2, 2010 at 8:39 am

Please join us at the other unofficial "family area" on West Angela St. just off Main Street. The Garage Band Academy stage will be alive with performance by talented student rock and roll bands. Hope to see you there!!

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Posted by Paw Person
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 3, 2010 at 5:47 pm

This is lots of fun each year, even if you don't own a 4-legged critter.

Come to the south end of Main Street and watch all the dogs and their owners at 6 pm while they walk a few blocks up the street. Follow them to the Wayside Park where the dogs will compete in many different categories.

All the entry fees go to a group that raises the dogs for Guide Dogs up in San Rafael. A very good cause!

Be there Wednesday Night!

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Posted by Frank Dubois
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 5, 2010 at 5:46 pm

So nice to have a fife & drum corps in town! Pretty sharp too!

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Posted by Terri
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Aug 5, 2010 at 6:13 pm

The Fife and drum corps was amazing! Were did they come from?

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