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Up to 150 dachshunds and their owners are expected to gather at noon for the 6th Annual Key West Dachshund Walk, providing an informal, family-friendly prelude to nighttime New Year’s Eve revelry.

According to Ruth Reiter, who founded the walk with her husband Dan Metzler, participants typically include a wide variety of shorthaired, wirehaired and longhaired dachshunds, both miniature and standard. “It’s a beloved Key West tradition and extremely kid friendly,” says Reiter.

Starting point is at the intersection of Whitehead and Fleming streets and the group makes its way across Old Town to Duval Street.

Many of the dogs arrive in costumes and older dogs join in wagons or strollers.

“Dachshund crossing guards” are to be on hand to ensure order.

A supply wagon will accompany the parade with water and plastic bags for quick cleanup of any accidents.

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