A pa­rade of cor­gis struts through St. Elmo Tues­day

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - OUT & ABOUT - BY YOLANDA PUT­MAN Con­tact Yolanda Put­man at yput­man@ times­freep­ress.com or 423757-6431.

Hun­dreds of St. Elmo neigh­bors and vis­i­tors are ex­pected to line St. Elmo Av­enue on Tues­day, Oct. 2, for the an­nual St. Elmo Corgi Pa­rade.

Any­one with a Pem­broke Welsh corgi or Cardi­gan Welsh corgi who wants to par­tic­i­pate can show up with their pet at the In­cline Rail­way at 6:30 p.m. The pa­rade starts at 7 p. m. Be­tween 20 to 30 cor­gis and their own­ers usu­ally par­tic­i­pate in the pa­rade.

“Just for the pure silli­ness and fun of it,” says long­time pa­rade par­tic­i­pant Shell Hunt in re­sponse to why the com­mu­nity holds a corgi pa­rade.

St. Elmo Av­enue will be closed for the event be­tween Old Moun­tain Road and Ten­nessee Av­enue from 5 to 9 p.m. Tues­day night.

The pa­rade is among events sched­uled across the city in recog­ni­tion of Na­tional Night Out, an an­nual com­mu­nity-build­ing cam­paign to pro­mote safe neigh­bor­hoods.

An­i­mals come to the event decked out in their fall at­tire, sports­wear or fash­ion­able neck­ties.

A con­test pre­cedes the pa­rade. Two dogs will be named king and queen of the pa­rade and lead the pro­ces­sion. Judges will also give recog­ni­tion to the fur­thest-trav­el­ing corgi and to dogs meet­ing other silly su­perla­tives.

“Corgi is a breed that is just kind of funny-look­ing,” says Hunt. “So we have cat­e­gories like the long­est corgi or the short­est or the big­gest ears.”

“Peo­ple get su­per ex­cited,” said Hunt. “It’s just about corgi lovers com­ing to­gether and en­joy­ing the silli­ness and the sweet­ness of our fa­vorite dog.”

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The an­nual St. Elmo Corgi Pa­rade gives corgi lovers a chance to come to­gether and en­joy their fa­vorite dogs.

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