Kevin Bacon's band, the Bacon Brothers, is headlining the Beggin' Strips-sponsored Soulard Pet Parade this year. As fans of music, fun word play and general hilariousness, we jumped at the chance to look deeper into this symbiotic event.
The pet parade is a Mardi Gras staple and a must-see for both animal lovers and city residents. All kinds of animals come ready to strut in their finest costumes. Dogs are usually the stars of this event, but this year the co-star is Kevin Bacon.
So we wondered, if Kevin Bacon was a dog, what kind of dog would he be? After exhaustive research on the personality traits and physical features of various canines, we came to one educated conclusion: Kevin Bacon is clearly an Afghan Hound.
Like his assigned breed, Bacon is angular, lean and noble. He's also known to be shy, aloof and independent. The Afghan Hound is known as aristocratic and inexhaustible. It is one of the oldest, most-revered dog breeds, just like Bacon is one of our most classic modern actors.
Bacon, himself, has a deep doggie history. There are numerous paparazzi pictures of him out with his pups. And Bacon was also recently in the pup news for talking about getting his rescue dogs DNA tested. He even voiced the namesake of the animated film, Balto, a story about a half-Husky, half-wolf.
Seeking insider information about the event, we checked in with Alex Kahn, the assistant brand manager of the Beggin' Brand, a product produced by St. Louis' own Nestlé Purina PetCare Company. Kahn was nice enough to answer our (semi-ridiculous) questions and to pass on other important information about the event. (See Below.)
Jaime Lees: Who had the idea to bring Kevin Bacon to the Beggin' Pet Parade and how did you make it happen?
Alex Kahn: We've always wanted to make the event more than just a parade so a post-parade concert has always been something that seemed like it could help add to the fun. Therefore, when I first heard the Bacon Bros. I thought, not only is their music appropriate for the event (family friendly / contemporary rock) but the band name itself couldn't be a better match.
The Bacon Bros. are pet lovers and they're very easy going so I felt that they were genuinely excited about not only playing at this event but also participating in the parade itself.
What qualities do you value the most in a dog?
I value my dog's carefree excitement for life. I love watching a tennis ball (or a Beggin' Strip) transform her from a dignified English Bulldog into a hilariously crazed puppy.
What qualities do you value the most in the Bacon Brothers?
Both brothers have had successful careers, so I get the feeling that they absolutely love playing in this band together. It's refreshing to hear a band (or any musician) play for the love of music and not for fame. So I'd say I value the fact that they are humble and passionate.
What will happen if Kevin Bacon takes the joke too far and starts stripping during his set with the Bacon Brothers?
I'm sure there are some female Bacon Bros. fans that are secretly hoping this will happen. Although the 20th Annual Beggin' Pet Parade is a Mardi Gras event, it's family friendly, so I'm pretty sure that the only strips around will be the Beggin' kind.
How will you possibly top yourselves next year?
We're actually already talking about the '14 Pet Parade. Therefore, I'm sure we'll be able to come up with something and who knows, maybe we'll make The Bacon Bros. an annual thing. Each year it's bigger & better: Last year we had about 8,000 pets and 80,000 people and this year we're expecting both of those numbers to increase (especially because it's looking like it'll be sunny and in the mid 40's). Last year we also broke the Guinness World Record for "most dogs in costumed attire."
Full Event Details:
The theme for the party this year is "Tail-Gate" because it occurs on the same day as the Superbowl. The event will be finished in time for the big game, but pets and owners are encouraged to dress up in tailgate attire.
Registration for the parade is open through Friday at www.begginpetparade.com or participants can register the day of the event. Registration costs are $10 per pet (not per person) and 100% of the proceeds go to Open Door Animal Sanctuary, the local non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization.
The parade begins at 1 p.m. and there will be a coronation of the winners of the costume contest (King, Queen and Most Loyal Subjects) immediately following at 1:30. The Bacon Brothers will be throwing out beads on the parade's Beggin' float and playing music at 2:30 p.m. at Coronation Plaza. (Roughly at 9th Street and Lafayette.)