Monday: Visionary Pets on Parade

July 4

Though it's usually at their mild expense, seeing animals dressed up is a pure, stupid joy like no other. Last year at the American Visionary Art Museum's annual 4th of July costumed pet parade, I saw a turtle wearing a top hat. A fucking turtle. My capacity for glee reached a new level that day. Even if you don't have a furry, scaley, or feathery friend to bring to the parade, it's well worth watching. That way when your friends are talking about the fireworks show they see every year, you can say, "Yeah, well, I saw a dog wearing a sequin tube top on the 4th of July." Participants in the parade can compete in multiple costume categories including Best Costume, Most Patriotic, Owner & Pet look-alikes, Least Likely to Succeed as a Pet, and more, plus an animal talent show. 9:30 a.m. pet registration, parade at 10 a.m., American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, (410) 244-1900,, free. (Maura Callahan)

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