Key West’s annual Dachshund Parade got a new name this year — Weinerpalooza.

Organized by Ben Hennington, of the Sunset Social Drinking Club, and proud owner of a dachshund named Alvin, whom Hennington calls, “King of the Lowriders,” the event raises money for local animals in need.

The parade is as short as its participants’ legs — only 2½ blocks from the Custom House to Greene Street.

Wiener dog wannabes of all shapes and sizes are always welcome to participate. There were dogs dressed as hot dogs, in tuxedos, as mermaids and in other costumes.

Despite the chill in the air on Jan. 29, the event drew more than 100 dogs and their humans.

Dachshunds strut their short stuff for the annual parade that was renamed Wienerpalooza this year. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

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