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This Festival's for the Dogs 

Wednesday, Jul 24 2013

San Francisco is famously said to have more dogs than children, and the Nihonmachi Street Fair has taken notice. It now has a dog pageant. That's right: a dog pageant. Festivalgoers who register can enter their four-legged friends in the Second Annual Fun and Furry Pooch Pageant and Doggy Parade. What does it take to win a dog pageant? "We're looking for bows that know how to wow a crowd," say the organizers. But don't stay home and play dead if you didn't register little Fido, or don't have a dog at all. Nihonmachi will still have a large, public pet area, and plenty of entertainment for non-canines. There are two stages, and performances run all weekend. Originally, Nihonmachi catered to the Japanese and Asian communities in Japantown, but over the years, it's grown to represent a broad range of San Francisco traditions. This year's festival features performances from the S.F. Taiko Dojo, West Coast Lion Dance, and live party-soul rock from Big City Revue, Ascension, and others.

Aug. 3-4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 2013

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