Dog Days of Summer, Mardi Gras-style

Come to downtown Camas for a celebration of dogs on from 5 to 8 p.m. on First Friday, July 7. There’ll be a doggie talent show with prizes and a parade sponsored by Miss Nola’s Cafe with a Mardi Gras theme (in honor of the famous Barkus Parade). Drop by Miss Nola’s Cafe any time from 5:30 to 7:30 for live Cajun Zydeco music by The Mudbugs. (Bonus: Miss Nola’s will be giving out free hush puppies, and they are good, as this writer can attest!) Bring your favorite pooch (leashes required) and make a fun night of it.

What else will make your tail wag? Vendors, kids’ crafts with a Mardi Gras dog theme, a dog breed guessing game, and a dog-and-owner look-alike contest sponsored by Naturally Healthy Pet. West Columbia Gorge Humane Society will be there with their famous “ball pool” filled with delicious dog treats. Nuestra Mesa will host an outdoor summer concert with outdoor dining. Kids can paint with The Paint Roller Mobile Paint Party. Find out more about Fences for Fido, a non-profit committed to providing better quality of life for outdoor dogs. For delicious, gourmet, homemade dog treats, check out Pup Town Cafe. Abbey with Polka Dot Paws will be on hand with her one-of-a-kind dog-friendly creations, handmade dog bandanas and pet accessories. Learn more about a fun and worthy cause called Strutt Your Mutt, visit the Best Friends Animal Society and Must Love Dogs NW to learn more about saving the lives of homeless pets.

The doggie talent show and owner look-alike contest will be held at 6 p.m. and the Barkus Parade will be at 7 p.m. There will be judging of best costumes in the parade with prizes for most original, cutest, and most Mardi Gras-inspired. For the Talent Contest, the judging will be for most clever, most difficult, and cutest talents. Sign at least 15 minutes before each event. The contests, parade, crafts and other fun will be on Cedar St. between 4th and 5th.

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