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Chris and Natasha Lynch and their two bulldogs, Rosé and Beau, won the prize for Best Dog and Owners Costumes. The Lynches and their dogs reside in Slatington. Chris and Natasha Lynch and their two bulldogs, Rosé and Beau, won the prize for Best Dog and Owners Costumes. The Lynches and their dogs reside in Slatington.
Press photo by Marie BarryGavin James, a ridgeless Rhodesian ridgeback, won “Best Dressed Pup” at the Celtic Doggie. Gavin’s owner did not provide her full name at registration. Press photo by Marie BarryGavin James, a ridgeless Rhodesian ridgeback, won “Best Dressed Pup” at the Celtic Doggie. Gavin’s owner did not provide her full name at registration.
Jerry IrohGlose of Whitehall was in Bethlehem for the St. Paddy’s Day festivities. Jerry IrohGlose of Whitehall was in Bethlehem for the St. Paddy’s Day festivities.
Decked out for St. Patrick’s Day basset hound Watson meets Puca, a Glen of Imaal terrier, at the May 16 Celtic Doggie Parade. Decked out for St. Patrick’s Day basset hound Watson meets Puca, a Glen of Imaal terrier, at the May 16 Celtic Doggie Parade.
press photos by cindy o’brienDonegal Square owner Neville Gardner and Betsy Daley hold Glen of Imaal terriers, Fergus McCarthy and Daithi. Standing beside the dog owners is Beth Barry, emcee for the Celtic Doggie Parade. More photos on page A2. press photos by cindy o’brienDonegal Square owner Neville Gardner and Betsy Daley hold Glen of Imaal terriers, Fergus McCarthy and Daithi. Standing beside the dog owners is Beth Barry, emcee for the Celtic Doggie Parade. More photos on page A2.
Mike Hamscher and Elisabeth Cichonski share a quiet moment with their dog, Bandit, a Native American Indian dog. Mike Hamscher and Elisabeth Cichonski share a quiet moment with their dog, Bandit, a Native American Indian dog.
Stani Schiavone of Bangor and Yeti, her 3-year-old Great Pyrennes, relax on Main Street after the Celtic Doggie Parade. Stani Schiavone of Bangor and Yeti, her 3-year-old Great Pyrennes, relax on Main Street after the Celtic Doggie Parade.
Karen Achey of Bethlehem her wild card winning 5-month-old miniature bernadoodle. Karen Achey of Bethlehem her wild card winning 5-month-old miniature bernadoodle.

Celtic Doggie Parade

Monday, March 25, 2019 by Cindy O’Brien Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Companions strut their stuff

Wearing their finest Irish attire, 35 purebred and mixed breed dogs from around the Lehigh Valley shared in some St. Patrick’s Day fun. They strutted their stuff in a friendly Celtic canine costume competition in historic North Bethlehem March 16.

Sponsored by Donegal Square Celtic gift shop, the Celtic Doggie Parade took place at Donegal Square shortly before the Bethlehem St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The doggie parade consisted of three costume categories: Best Dressed Pup; Best Dog and Owner Costumes; and Wild Card, a category that allowed judges to select any costumed dog of their choice. Judges for the event included Kelly Bauer, executive director of the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Easton, and her colleagues: Jessica Schwickrath and Connie Harvey.

Parade emcee, Beth Barry, said that the owners of winning dogs were each awarded a $25 gift certificate for the Donegal Square Celtic gift shop. Proceeds from the event’s $10 entry fee benefit the Center for Animal Health and Welfare in Easton. “The most fun part of the doggie parade was seeing the dogs and owners come out for a great cause and make new friends,” said Barry, who noted that Donegal Square may sponsor a Halloween Doggie Parade next fall before the Bethlehem Halloween Parade.