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Canine Christmas Parade, Marco Island, 2012

Natalie Strom gets a kiss from B.B. Wrinkles. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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Natalie Strom gets a kiss from B.B. Wrinkles. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • 'Yeah, I'm an elf. You got a problem with that?' The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lauren Dehaan, 8, brought Abbie, her Sheltie. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Yolanda Brady shows off Bailey, dressed as the Sugar Plum Fairy. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bailey Shanahan is gift-wrapped. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Buddy Doodah gets a boost from Nancy Dowdall. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Natalie Strom gets a kiss from B.B. Wrinkles. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Lauren Dehaan holds Abbie, her Sheltie. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The judges watch the pooch parade pass. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Judges Neil Snyder, Steve Stefanides and Wanda Day compare notes. The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Canine Christmas Parade at the Esplanade Tuesday evening brought dozens of costumed pooches out to walk the red carpet with their owners. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

The line between dogs and reindeer, between dogs and elves, and even between dogs and Christmas presents got a little blurry Tuesday evening. The Esplanade was invaded by dozens of dolled-up dogs and their doting human attendants, for the Christmas Island Style Canine Christmas Parade.
The pimped-out pooches, mostly of the apartment-friendly size, but including some dogs big enough to know better, strolled across the red carpet as their name was called, passing in review of the judges. They posed for pictures by Mila Bridger, with a portion of proceeds ironically benefiting For the Love of Cats, who had one cat on hand, looking askance at all the costumed canines.

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