Dogs on Parade: Colonial Williamsburg Celebrates New Mascot

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As crowds began to gather on the Palace Green, Heritage Humane Society set up a booth to receive donations and provide information. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

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Colonial Williamsburg celebrated the unveiling of its new mascot, Liberty the dog, with a parade on Duke of Gloucester Street.

A crowd of up to 1,000 dogs and their human caretakers gathered in front of the Palace Green, the lawn in front of the Governor's Palace, at 10 a.m. Saturday, eager to catch a glimpse of Liberty and to enjoy to good weather in the company of other dog-lovers.

The parade was a partnership between Colonial Williamsburg and Heritage Humane Society, the latter of which was on site accepting donations of material goods the shelter needs. Parade participants were encouraged to bring items like dog treats, cat litter, pet toys and cleaning supplies.

Liberty and her master George Washington, portrayed by historical interpreter Ron Carnegie, rode in a colonial carriage down the Palace Green and out onto DoG Street to greet their fans.

With the crowd assembled, Washington delivered a proclamation that gave dogs free run of the city and then led the parade down toward the Capitol.

At the end of the route participants were encouraged to hang around and participate in a live auction, which featured a number of dog accessories like collars and leashes.