Posted on January 1, 2015 - by

Welcoming the Year at the Wiener Dog Parade

There are lots of unusual events that take place on the island of Key West, but perhaps none so silly and fun as the dachshund parade.

This has been occurring on New Year’s Eve day for the past eight years, much to the chagrin of the Key West police, who have plenty on their hands already, getting prepared for New Year’s Eve on Duval Street.

John and I and Tonka attended in 2012, and ended up falling in with the dachshunds and the dachshund wannabes. After seeing the sights, I vowed that we would come in costume next time around.

I was planning to sew a costume like this for Tonka. But then I checked on ebay as time grew short–and became the winning bidder on this costume.

And then I found hats for me and John–a hamburger and a hot dog. Weren’t they such good sports about dressing up as lunch meat? We marched from the Courthouse, up Southard Street to Duval, then right on Duval to Appleruth Lane. (Dachshunds have short legs so it was a short route:).

There were dogs dressed as lobsters….

and dogs with their mothers in funny hats…

 

 

And dogs in disguise

 

 

And dogs in blue tutus just like their owners

 

 

And this is my good friend, Officer Steve Torrence, who is also a character in the Key West mysteries. (He’s a good sport even though he isn’t a fan of this parade:).

And here is a family portrait
Leading off the parade were three mounted police and a small van with great speakers that played classics like “Who Let the dogs out?” and “Ain’t Nothing like a hound dog.” A truly amazing way to end 2014…or any year!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uaPs8sxqB0

And if you think this is material I can’t use, you haven’t read the fifth Key West mystery, DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS!

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you’re out there doing something fun and even a little bit silly!  xo Lucy and all the Key West gang

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