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Posted on Thu, May 10, 2012 : 9:45 a.m.

Ypsilanti's Depot Town to host annual dog parade

By Tom Perkins

This story has been revised to add missing details about the event.

Washtenaw County’s pooches and pups are invited to take part in Depot Town’s March of the Mutts Parade.

The event was formerly the Saint Pawdy’s Day dog parade and held in March, but organizers moved it to May for warmer weather.


Saline resident Robert Struck walks with his dog, Remmington, during the St. Pawdy's Day March of the Mutts Pet Parade in Ypsilanti on March 19, 2011. The parade started at the Farmers Market and proceeded to Riverside Park where dogs were judged in categories such as "Most Irish" and "Cutest Dog."

Angela J. Cesere |

The Saturday parade also features contests, including cutest dog, best costume, dog that does the best tricks, dog that is the best swimmer, smallest dog and owner who looks most like their dog.

Last year the event saw about 100 dogs join the parade and $600 was raised for charity. There is a suggested donation of $5 to register a dog in March of The Mutts, and all proceeds are split by the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Depot Town Merchant’s Association.

The HSHV will be at the event and have dogs who are available for adoption. The Merchant’s Association helps put on the parade, Thursday Night Cruise Nights, an annual chili cook off and other events that promote Depot Town.

The parade starts in front of Sidetrack and travels through Riverside Park to the stage, where judges pass out the awards.

Registration is at 10:30 a.m., the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. and every dog who enters receives a treat.

“We’ve been doing it for three years and it’s kind of a fun event to kick off the summer,” Sidetrack owner Linda French said. “And it raises awareness for the Humane Society, who will be there - it's really all about them.”



Sat, May 12, 2012 : 6:47 a.m.

They moved it from March to May for warmer weather? lol


Fri, May 11, 2012 : 3:02 p.m.

Darn! One days notice on Mother's Day weekend! I'd really like to do this, but this weekend is always booked. Hope there are more activities like this in the future! I'd love to show off my HSHV mutt!

Ypsilanti City Resident

Fri, May 11, 2012 : 2:36 p.m.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM YPSILANTI, MI: The Depot Town Merchants present the "March of the Mutts Pet Parade". . May 12th at 10:30am Where: . E. Cross St. and N. River St. . Depot Town, Ypsilanti . A minimum $5 donation is suggested. 50% of the proceeds to benefit the Humane Society of Huron Valley. This qualifies you to be eligible for a prize donated by the Humane Society of Huron Valley. . Owners and their dogs are invited. Owners will be required to sign a waiver for insurance purposes when they register, citing responsibility for their animal. More Info: Registration begins at 10:30am in Riverside Park The parade begins at 11:30am at Riverside Park to Sidetrack Bar and Grill at N River and back to Riverside Park Gazebo where Awards will be given at 12:00pm. The day includes a costume parade where prizes will be awarded to the: . Cutest dog . Best Costume . Dog that does the best tricks . Dog that is the best swimmer . Dog who looks most like its owner . Smallest Dog The Humane Society of Huron Valley will have a table to sell Raffle tickets and hand out information about the 33rd Annual Walk & Wag, taking place at Rolling Hills Water Park on May 19th. Happy, the Humane Society Hound will participate in the parade and will bring smiles to the children's faces! Costumes are not required to participate, but encouraged. The event is organized by the Depot Town Merchants.

Roger Dodger

Thu, May 10, 2012 : 10:57 p.m. is a website. Not a newspaper. Tom supplied a link to all information about the event in a link in the first sentence of the story. The link goes to the events calendar on The rest of the article is to add a bit more background about the event. Why don't you give Tom a break? And come register your dog for the parade at 10:30 am this Saturday, May 12th in Depot Town. Just look for all the other dogs. It'll be fun!


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 8:36 p.m.

Who, what, where, why...


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 6:25 p.m.

Ah yes. Journalism at its best yet again.


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 5 p.m.

I still don't get how you think it's noted in that paragraph that it's this saturday. It could be any of the Saturdays in May the way you wrote it. It's a good thing you put in a comment and didn't acctually update the article so people have to further read shotty reporting


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 4:56 p.m.

I must say, the lack of dates in articles is very frustrating. This isn't the first time I've read an article on this site about an upcoming event and had to search other resources to find out exactly when it will occur. Not sure why this paper resists writing dates...

Roger Dodger

Thu, May 10, 2012 : 3:59 p.m.

Maybe y'all could click on the FIRST LINK in the article? May 12 at 10:30am Where: E. Cross St. and N. River St. Ypsilanti


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 3:56 p.m.

There is no DATE for this event

Steve Pepple

Thu, May 10, 2012 : 2:04 p.m.

The event is indeed this Saturday, as noted in the third paragraph.

Matt P

Thu, May 10, 2012 : 2:13 p.m.

"The Saturday parade also features contests, including cutest dog, best costume, dog that does the best tricks, dog that is the best swimmer, smallest dog and owner who looks most like their dog." If you're referring to *that* third paragraph, it's still fairly ambiguous. I would recommend clarifying the exact date in the article.


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 2:01 p.m.

Hmmm. I've read the article 3 times and can't find the exact date for this event. I know it's in May, on a Saturday and starts at 11:30 in front of the Sidetrack. Does anyone know the exact date? I'm assuming it's for this Saturday, the 12th, but an assumption does not a fact make.


Thu, May 10, 2012 : 1:58 p.m.

What's the date for the event? Is it this Saturday?

Ypsilanti City Resident

Fri, May 11, 2012 : 2:38 p.m.



Thu, May 10, 2012 : 3:16 p.m.

Its a surprise!