National Pit Bull Awareness Day was launched in 2007 to spread appreciation for and education about the American pit bull terrier — arguably the most misunderstood and controversial breed in the country today. Three years ago, Littleton resident Kelly Kaliszewski, took that concept a step further with the Colorado Parade of Pit Bulls.
“The first year, we threw the parade and celebration together in about two weeks’ time,” she explains. This year, the parade’s third, will showcase how the event has ballooned since then. “We parade down Littleton’s Main Street, and people come and show off their dogs, put them in costumes and share with the public that they’re not mean, vicious animals. The response has been overwhelming.”
The parade isn’t just for pit bulls, either: Kaliszewski says that any and all well-behaved dogs are welcome. In the past, breeds from Chihuahuas to golden retrievers have been there, showing off their Halloween best.
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Attendees are invited to start gathering for the parade starting at 11 a.m. in the Reinke Brothers parking lot, 5663 South Prince Street in Littleton; the parade will start at noon and is free to attend. Visit facebook.com/nationalpitbullawarenessdaycolorado for more information.
Sat., Oct. 26, noon, 2013