About 1,000 long, low lugubrious basset hounds will waddle through downtown Birmingham May 18 in the Great American Basset Waddle, Michigan Basset Rescue’s largest annual fundraiser. People and their happy hounds will come from all over the country, as well as Canada and Ireland to participate. The parade includes marching bands, dignitaries and floats and starts on north Old Woodward at 12:15 p.m. It will wind through downtown Birmingham along Maple Street and end at Pierce Park where the city will host a festival with games, rides, food and vendor booths.
Basset hounds have very short legs and big bodies – not well designed for lengthly walks! All bassets complete the route, even if they have to be picked up by the flatbed “Pooped Pup Pickup Trucks.” The Basset King & Queen get to ride in a horse drawn carriage, saving themselves for long and loud howls of delight. Many participants where basset costumes, and it is rumored that the basset sled-dog team will make another appearance this year!