The annual Dachshund Parade will be held Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 a.m. to Noon at Washington Square Park in Rochester.

Organizer Alan Frost discussed the popular parade Wednesday on News 8 at Noon.

Frost brought his dachshund Butter My Toast along for the interview.  “Butter is a girl, and she’s a smooth black and tan, miniature dachshund,” said Frost. “She weighs about 9 pounds. She’s 10 and a half years old, getting a little bit of gray here, and she loves our parade! She loves to come and mingle with all of the other dachshunds that come from all over, not just Rochester, so we will be there.”

This will mark sixteen years for the Dachshund Parade in Rochester.  “The founder of our parade, Marilyle Sweet Page, who is still on our committee, she heard about the one down in New York City,” explained Frost. “There’s a parade down in New York City every year, and she decided to start one here in Rochester. It grew, and grew, and grew. They did it at a church. Then we moved it down to Washington Square Park about 10 years ago.”

Frost said the parade averages about 300 to 350 dogs a year, and about 800 or 900 people.  In addition to the fun, there is also a focus on good health. “We have people from Monroe Veterinary Associates,” Frost said. “There will be vets there, and they will be talking about how to keep your dog healthy. And we have people from Thera-Vet Acres. That’s a rehabilitation center. So, if anything happens to your dog, and it needs help, for instance, Butter actually did have surgery on her back about seven years ago, and she’s recovered very nicely since then, with the help of Thera-Vet.”

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Rochester Hope for Pets and the Verona Street Animal Society.  Frost said the parade will go off rain or shine!

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