Mardi Gras

Pet Parade & Wiener Dog Derby

When: Sun., Feb. 19, 2 p.m. 2017

It's a dog day afternoon in Soulard. The popular Beggin' Pet Parade kicks off at 1 p.m. at Twelfth Street and Allen Avenue ( Well-behaved dogs are encouraged to wear their best costumes and march with their people in this annual Mardi Gras tie-in, with the best-dressed pooches invited to the Court of the Mystical Krewe of Barkus. If your dog is more of a speedster than a stroller, the Wiener Dog Derby starts at 2 p.m. at Wiener Stadium (Lafayette Avenue and South Ninth Street). There are four divisions based on age, with the Wiener Wannabe class open to non-dachshunds small enough to fit in the starting box. Both events are free for spectators, though its $10 to enter your mutt in either the parade or the races.

Paul Friswold

Price: free, $10 to enter