Beacon Barks Parade Celebrates Rescue Work April 27

Event commemorates opening of city’s first dog park 

On Saturday, April 27, the seventh annual Beacon Barks Parade will commence and celebrate the recent opening of Beacon’s first dog park. Last year the parade helped raise over $5,000 for the park’s construction, and with the park’s recent opening on Saturday, March 30, the nearly three-year project reached its conclusion.

“It’s nice to see the community that has formed around this project and even nicer to see what happens when people work together for a common cause,” said Jeff McHugh, president of the Beacon Dog Park.

Beacon Barks is a co-sponsored event between the Friends of Beacon Dog Park and Beacon’s own Beacon Barkery, a local pet store. From its inception, the parade’s purpose is to celebrate the work of the regional animal charities. The parade makes it possible for all the area dog rescues, shelters and animal welfare organizations to raise money and awareness and schedule adoptions. A large amount of food, treats and dog items are donated by local businesses for the benefit of the shelters and rescues.

This year’s intention is to make the event a special day for everyone in the community and celebrate all that Beacon has to offer in culture, art, music and business. There will be food, special performances by local musicians, a world-champion dog/frisbee performance, and floats constructed by local sculptors.

The event will take place April 27 from 10:30 a.m. till 3 p.m. on Beacon’s Main Street. The rain date will be Sunday, April 28. For more information on the event, visit To find out more about Friends of Beacon Dog Park, a 501(c)(3) organization, visit

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