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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Another event with close ties to Riverfest is looking to paw their way to the same kind of success as the Little Rock music festival.

    It's the "Ruff on the River" pooch parade down River Market Avenue. The march and the accompanying Weenie Dog Derby is giving pet owners and their furry loved ones a chance to have some fun.

    Organizer Shannon Nardi saw similar pet parades in other cities and thought this would be perfect for Little Rock. She sees it growing even bigger.

    "I just think that once people build awareness, they'll figure it out," says Nardi. "Because we're looking to get it big. We're looking to beat out St. Louis and Louisiana on their pet parades."

    This is the second year Nardi and Riverfest teamed up for the dog parade. The parade that inspired her in Louisiana has been going on for 30 years.

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