As part of Weston's Amazing Week, organizers are having a Pet Blessing and Pet Parade beginning at 5 p.m. on June 22 at Saint Patrick Church on the corner of East Second Street and Center Avenue in Weston.
Blessing of the Animal events have been celebrated since the 13th century. It is a way for humans to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assissi, embodying his love of animals and of all mankind.
St. Francis is the patron of all animals and the environment, and was born in 1182 or 1181 and founded the Francsican order.
He also wrote the "Canticle of the Creatures."
Often he referred to animals as the brothers and sisters to mankind.
To ensure the safety of participants' pets and the others who are present, pets should be on a leash or in a crate or cage as appropriate.
There will also be cookies and ice tea as refreshments for humans.
As an effort to benefit the Paws/Claws Neutering Project, pet proud pet owners are invited to participate in the Pet Parade.
There will be prizes for small, medium and large pets. There will also be a category for a Pet/Owner Look-A-Like Contest and a $25 prize for that winner.
The entry fee is $5 for both contests.