Hope pet parade

When Hope conducts its first St. Patrick’s Day Pooch Parade, you have to wonder if an Irish Setter will be the paws-down favorite to win.

Main Street of Hope is organizing the event on the Hope Town Square, where dogs and owners will compete for prizes in two age divisions — 12 and younger, and older than 12. Each division will award ribbons or prizes in three categories:

The most Irish-looking dog

The most Irish-looking dog and owner

People’s Choice

Registration forms can be picked up and dropped off in advance at the Hope Town Hall, Hope Police Station and the Yellow Trail Visitor Center, all on the Hope Town Square. People can also sign up the day of the event on the north side of Hope Town Square starting at 11 a.m., with the pet parade starting at noon.

A $5 registration fee will benefit the Paula A. Pollitt Animal Shelter, which opened a year ago at 1101 Jackson St. in Hope. It is named for the Pollitt, a Hope Town Council member who died in 2015, who had advocated for an animal shelter. All dogs in the contest must be spayed/neutered, with owners having proof of vaccines if requested at the event.

Information: Call Susan Thayer Fye, 812-343-3798.