Thousands turnout for Beggin Pet Parade

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - It's a must do event that has pet lovers and their animals excited.  Animal owner Tim Luttrell and his dog duke are regulars at the Soulard Mardi Gras Beggin Pet Parade Luttrell makes it part of his Mardi Gras plan.

On Sunday thousands packed the streets of Soulard for the event that`s been bringing furry friends together for more than 21 years.

"Oh its great we've been coming down here for the last five years it`s a good day to get out in Soulard and enjoy all of the other pets and animals today." Said Luttrell

It's also the first year for Liz Suetterer and her dog scout who showed up in a tutu.  As for the cold it was not a factor.

"I'm excited I want to see what it`s about I have never been or seen the parade. I`ve been to Mardi Gras but not the parade. I`m bundled up with layers of clothes, I`m very prepared." Said Suetterer

There was music, photo booths, a costume contest and plenty of samples. Parade Grand Marshall and animal lover Andy Cohen did his part for the event.  So did FOX2`s Randi Naughton who served as a judge.

Parking was at a premium and St. Louis city police were in full force to make sure everyone had a safe and hopping good time.

"It`s a great day of fun there are alot of nice charities and good people you learn about different pets and animals." Said Luttrell

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