Arlington invites community to 'Paint the Town Purple' on March 3

ARLINGTON — Arlington's "Amazing Race," the Purple Pooch Parade and an electric lights parade will be among the featured activities at Arlington's third annual "Paint the Town Purple" event on March 3.

Festivities will run from 1-5 p.m. at the former Unique Interiors building, at the intersection of Third Street and Olympic Avenue, and at Magnolia Hall. Both locations will feature entertainment and team fundraising booths.

The second season of Arlington's "Amazing Race" will be held from 2-4 p.m., with registration beginning at the Olympic Avenue site at 1:30 p.m. Teams of two to four people will get clues and race around Arlington to perform tasks, find items and take pictures at various locations. Each team is required to have a car and a camera cell phone. An entry fee will be charged.

Four-legged friends will have a chance to strut their stuff at the Purple Pooch Parade, whose registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at Magnolia Hall. The registration fee is $5 and the first 50 dogs will receive a purple bandana. Prizes will be awarded in a number of categories.

Arlington businesses are being encouraged to decorate their storefronts and display windows with purple. Prizes for the best purple display and the best-dressed "purple person" will also be awarded.

Participants will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with characters from "Beauty and the Beast" at the Olympic Avenue site, courtesy of the Arlington High School Drama Department.

Arlington restaurants are also being encouraged to offer "Purple Plate Specials," and several are donating a portion of their proceeds to this year's Arlington Relay For Life.

The day's activities will conclude with the Disney-themed electric lights parade at 6:30 p.m. on Olympic Avenue. Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Cinderella and Snow White will be featured guests in the parade, along with many lighted vehicles and walking groups.

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