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Costumed kids and pets parade down Washington Avenue, and dogs strut their stuff at pet show

Dozens of costumed pets and kids paraded down Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16. Dogs also showed-off their skills to junior royalty judges at the subsequent pet show in City Park.

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A happy trailer-load of superheroes rode in the Pet and Doll Parade on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
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DETROIT LAKES — Dogs and kids alike dressed up in costume to participate in the Pet and Doll parade, part of the Northwest Water Carnival, on July 16.

The four-legged friends and parade participants marched down Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes as they made their way into City Park for the annual pet show, which immediately followed the parade.

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A costumed dog and its owner marches down the street with candy during the Pet and Doll Parade on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
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A dog, its owner and kids in Top Gun-themed gear parade down Washington Avenue during the Pet and Doll Parade in Detroit Lakes, as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
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A girl wave to the crowd during the Pet and Doll Parade on Washington Avenue in Detroit Lakes, as part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Pet owners flung handfuls of candy to curbside parade watchers along the route who braved the hot and sticky weather on Saturday. By the time the pets reached the city band shell, each dog seemed to have their tongue hanging out the side of their mouth.

One-by-one, the 16 pet competitors then showed-off their skills to the 2022 Junior Northwest Water Carnival prince and princess who then awarded each of the dogs a special certificate and bag of treats for competing.

Some of the categories awarded by the junior royalty were:

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  • longest dog
  • prettiest
  • most fluffy
  • prettiest eyes
  • most black dog
  • curliest
  • biggest
  • longest toe nails
  • shortest legs
  • most energy

Madeline Lavinger, 7, the junior Northwest Water Carnival princess for 2022, said she really enjoyed the dogs in costume. Her favorite was a dog dressed up as Thing 1 from the Cat and the Hat.

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A dog rolls over during the Pet Show in City Park in Detroit Lakes, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

"The dog parade was fun and you got to see cute dogs," said Lavinger.

She added the reason she likes dogs so much is because they are "fluffy" and "furry."

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Junior Northwest Water Carnival Princess Madeline Lavinger, 7,left, and Junior Prince Brink Baker, 5, smile for a photo following the Pet Show in City Park in Detroit Lakes, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022. The junior royalty were the honorary judges for the show and awarded each participant with a certificate and pouch of treats.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune
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Junior Northwest Water Carnival Princess Madeline Lavinger, 7, right, presents a certificate to a dog owner during the Pet Show in City Park in Detroit Lakes, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Brink Baker, 5, the junior Northwest Water Carnival prince for 2022, said he liked watching all the puppies play. He also said his favorite dog was Milo, but he might have a biased opinion because Milo is his family's dog.

When asked what he likes about dogs, Baker said, "They cuddle."

He added that when he gets older he wants to have two puppies to play with.

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A dog receives positive scratches from its owner after receiving an award during the Pet Show in City Park in Detroit Lakes, part of the 86th Northwest Water Carnival on July 16, 2022.
Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

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