Pups parade for St. Patrick’s Day

The parade participants lined up in their best green garb – shamrock spotted bandanas, bedazzled green collars, leashes with leprechauns on them and little green bows or hats tied to their ears.

The Windmark Beach Home Owners Association’s first annual St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade kicked off Thursday at 4 p.m., led by the Forgotten Coast Dancing Witches and followed by dozens of enthusiastic dogs and their owners.

Following the parade, guests lingered on the lawn for an event hosted by The Mill Mercantile and Social, watching the dancing witches perform and allowing their dogs to socialize and play.

This report has been updated from an earlier version to correct an error regarding the parade’s host.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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