It sounds like the kind of hallucinatory flashback that will make you wonder just what was in all that green beer you drank on St. Patrick s Day: A pack of runners, including men in green dresses, accompanied by an equally large pack of dogs, some of whom also will be wearing green costumes.
If you encounter this in the Oakleigh district this Saturday, just breathe calmly and carry on. It s not a flashback. It s part of the festivities associated with the fourth annual Erin Go PawFest, a dog-friendly event at .
In addition to the Green Dress Run for Shelter 5k, attractions include Yappie Hour, a dog-friendly street party; live music by Julie Anne Sellers and Peek; and a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Mobile Animal Shelter.
Event organizer Cheryl Shifflet said last year s festivities raised about ,000 to support the shelter s operations. This year she s hoping for ,000 or more. An improved run should help with that, she said.
We had 138 people last year, and almost all of them had dogs, she said. There were a lot of things we needed to improve on the run, and we have made those improvements this year.
One big one: It turns out that a lot of dogs, like a lot of people, aren t up for a full 5k romp, even at a walking pace. This year there s a shorter two-mile option. Another significant change: Run registration now includes admission to the street party, a sack lunch, and a limited quantity of draft beer provided by sponsors. (For online registration, visit .)
The run/walk starts at 2 p.m., with on-site registration open until 1:50 p.m. The street party begins at 3, with Sellers beginning her performance at about 3:30. The silent auction runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Geaux Boy food truck will be on hand to supplement the Callaghan s kitchen. Street party admission is for adults, for children.
Shifflet said organizers aim for a mellow vibe, and the run/walk helps the canine contingent work off excess energy before the street party.
It s just some time for everybody to hang out in the street, and hear some good music, and hang out with their dogs, she said.
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