Hundreds of chihuahuas turn out for costume parade to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
Kansas City hosted its inaugural Cinco de Mayo Chihuahua parade this Saturday and witnessed hundreds of tiny dogs dressed as tacos and ballerinas.
Supping margaritas and celebrating the boisterous annual Mexican festival, around 500 dogs showed up dressed in costume in anticipation of breaking the Guinness World Record for a dog parade.
The president of the group who organised the show estimated that 80 per cent of the costumed canines were indeed chihuahuas, 50 per cent more than he anticipated.
'We are going to keep doing this until we run out of dogs in Kansas City and have to start shipping them in,' said Valentine as he attempted to break the record
At approximately 11am, everyone in the crowd who had brought a Chihuahua raised their pet over their heads.The result was a sea of tiny heads adorned with sombreros, cowboy hats, bows and even a Green Bay Packers football helmet.
Guinness had a representative on hand who insisted a veterinarian be there to make sure every dog registered for the event was alive.
Ultimately though, the record attempt failed as the parade fell just over 100 short of the required 603 to break the Guinness record.
'For a first try we did OK,' said Valentine.
Raising about $2,500 for The Pet Connection, a local no-kill shelter, Valentine said he was told Chihuahuas were among the most common breeds handed in to shelters.
'Chihuahuas get killed in animal shelters almost as much as pit bulls,' said Valentine.
Anne Fisher, a food stylist from Stilwell, about half an hour south of Kansas City, said her male Chihuahua, Willie, seemed relieved when she slipped off his ballerina outfit after the parade.
'We figured he was going to be the smallest Chihuahua here, but he's not,' she said of the three-pound dog.
'We're having more fun than he is. It's hysterical.'
Afterward, participants lined up and participated in a slow-moving procession along a sidewalk, as dozens of people in lawn chains watched the colourful animals strut past.
And although no dead dogs showed up to the festival, someone did bring a potbellied big.
'Apparently, they've had trouble with people sneaking pigs in,' said Valentine.
Source: Daily Mail