BRENTWOOD -- Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor is unlikely to forget the dog parade that he witnessed in Twain Harte. He said that the popular parade consisted of about 260 dogs dressed up in various attire and being pulled in wagons or by leash.
"I am always thinking of something innovative to bring people downtown and to utilize the park," Taylor said of the event planned for Aug. 24 in Brentwood's City Park. "It is not a dog show. There is big difference."
The Brentwood Advisory Neighborhood Committee is in the process of planning the dog parade from 9 a.m. to noon, according to Brentwood Recreation Supervisor Barbie Gary. BANC is a city advisory committee representing Brentwood's various neighborhoods that typically hosts the Home of the Season program and annual Christmas tree lighting.
"The mayor is so thrilled about it," Gary said. "It is a way to bring people down to the park for a free event. They can dress up their dog and be silly."
The dog parade will coincide with the weekly Brentwood Farmers Market, which Gary said would be a good mix of downtown activities that weekend.
"It is going to be a fun summer event and we hope it is the first annual dog parade," said BANC secretary Karen Nunez.
Taylor has recently voiced interest in BANC expanding its activities to include community-oriented events like the dog parade, a homemade ice cream social and the creation of a signature bumper sticker for Brentwood. Tentatively named the Brentwood Bark Dog Parade, the upcoming event will include information from veterinarians and animal experts.
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