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Pooches on parade: Mutts ‘n Martinis evening set for March 14

Marco Eagle

Medical science has not yet named the syndrome that leads seemingly sane people to outfit their already beautiful canine friends in outlandish costumes and parade them in public, but the phenomenon will be in full bloom once again from 5 to 8 p.m., March 14, at the Esplanade.

Conrad, a Yorkie owned by Kim Whittemore, contemplates a drink - water, of course, in this "Mutts and Martinis" file photo. Lance Shearer/Correspondent

“Mutts & Martinis” returns for its 10th outing, with dozens of dogs, or rather their owners, competing for bragging rights, and hundreds of spectators on hand to take in the spectacle.

No matter the breed, size, shape, age or looks of local pet dogs, all are welcome to strut their stuff in assorted categories on the patio opposite CJ’s on the Bay.

Yolanda Medwid and Cathy Bressan coordinate with Brady in this file photo from "Mutts & Martinis."

Up for grabs are gold, silver and bronze medals for each category: Best in show, best dressed and owner-dog look alike.

In the past, the show has attracted plenty of different breeds, which also gives non-exhibitors the chance to enjoy the variety.

And everybody else is invited to pooch (and people) watch.

File, 2017: Fiona and Egg, owned by Maryann Kaufman, are two peas in a pod.

Presented by the Greater Marco Family YMCA as one of its major annual fundraisers, the evening of fun will also feature attractive silent auction items as well as a 50-50 raffle.

Proceeds benefit the Y’s summer camp programs of East Naples and Marco Island, YReads and the migrant children, their families and the under-served population of Collier County.

Looks good to me: Jaime, a golden retriever who came with Helene and Warren Sabatino, eyes his mistress- drink in this file photo from Mutts and Martinis. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

If you go

What: Marco Mutts & Martinis

Where: The Esplanade, off Collier Boulevard

When: March 14, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Admission: Doggy entrants free, humans $5 children under 12 free.

Requirements: Dogs must be on leashes

Information: marcoymca.org or 394-3144.