“My little stumpy guy is cuter than yours!” – Entertaining Fort Collins
Tomorrow is the 1st Annual Tour de Corgi and old town Fort Collins will be flooded with cuteness and happily wagging nubs. An estimated 300 corgis are scheduled to attend the pet costume encouraged parade which starts at Library Park, October 3 at Noon. When I first became the mother of a Pembroke Welsh Corgi last year, I had no idea that I was entering into a subculture of the most humorous and engaging dogs around. People who have a corgi love them so much, most have more than one and are super awesome humans themselves. Queen Elizabeth and Stephen King and just two well-known people who have fallen under the spell of these adorable creatures. Here is tomorrow’s planned route:
I even sent several emails to stephenking.com trying to get the attention of the prolific author and fellow corgi lover to come join us! I figured he was easier to get a hold of than the Queen. I haven’t heard from either one of them, but I’ll let you know if I do…
What started out as a small gathering of my furmily and friends quickly blew up into an event garnering over 1.1k attendees on Facebook. If you are a Colorado corgi owner and wish to stay in touch, you are encouraged to join the public Facebook group. Organizer, Tracy Stewart, contacted the city for event permits and fees once it was clear that well over 40 people would be attending. She set up a PayPal account for donations, had t-shirts printed and contacted all the corgi owners she knew. People are now road-tripping from Colorado Springs, Wyoming and even Durango to attend the only corgi dog event in the area. The overwhelming response will guarantee a return for next year!
Here are some things to know:
- Participants meet at the NW corner of Library Park at 11:30.
The parade begins at 12:00 p.m., circles around Library Park–east on Oak St., south on Peterson, west on Olive, etc.
- The parade is for corgis, corgi mixed breeds and their humans
- bring poop bags and water + bowls
- Non-corgi furry siblings can spectate and cheer with their humans.
- Please be considerate if your dog becomes agitated, violent or excessively loud.
- This is the first year… have fun, take notes for suggestions, spread the word and please obey the law. That means traffic laws, including lights, leash law, poop law, aggressive animal laws. All the normal stuff. The traffic lights will create gaps in our parade but that cannot be avoided without much higher expenses.
I can’t wait to meet some of the dogs, with names ranging from the standard “Gary, Ollie and Kirby” to the more unusual “Potato, Cashew and Coconut”. See you all at the corgi parade!!!