Republican Senator Hosts Annual “Bipawtisan” Dog Parade

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North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis will host his traditional “bipawtisan” dog costume parade for Capitol Hill employees later this month, an event that allows lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle to dress up their pooches (and themselves) for Halloween.

The annual event began in 2017 and was halted last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Senator Tillis has always had a very dog ​​friendly office and can bring in 2-5 dogs each day,” a lawmaker spokesperson told PEOPLE. With that in mind, Senator Tillis hosted the first Bipawtisan Halloween Dog Parade in 2017 so that members of Congress and staff on both sides of the aisle could come together for a cause everyone is doing. can unite: dogs in costumes. “

The event takes place on October 27 and is open to anyone who works on Capitol Hill – and, of course, their furry friends.

Republican Senator Hosts Annual

Republican Senator Hosts Annual “Bipawtisan” Dog Parade

Senator Thom Tillis Dog Halloween Party Invitation

“Members of Congress were not in session in 2018 so he hosted his second event in 2019 which was a huge success and moved from the hallway outside our office to the Hart Atrium,” continued the spokesperson. “Sadly, Senator Tillis was forced to cancel last year due to COVID, so he’s excited to have his third Bipawtisan Halloween party on October 27 and invites everyone on Capitol Hill to join in. “

The event will see dogs travel from the Dirksen Senate Office Building to the Hart Atrium in the Hart Senate Office Building.

In a 2019 statement, the 61-year-old Republican of North Carolina said the event took place in a bipartisan spirit (a sentiment apparently absent from Congress’ current struggle against the president’s spending plan Joe Biden and the debt ceiling).

Republican Senator Hosts Annual

Republican Senator Hosts Annual “Bipawtisan” Dog Parade

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“Everyone thinks we all hate each other and we just got the idea that if you have a dog you’re a good person,” Tillis said in his 2019 statement. “Every day I have two or more three dogs running free in my office. They can join the pack. “

In a highlight shared on Twitter that year, dogs of all sizes could run (on a leash, of course) through the hallways dressed in various costumes, including a shark, a pumpkin and even Batman.

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Tillis’ own dog, Mitch, did not attend the latest event – held in 2019 – although he dressed in honor of the occasion, with the senator’s wife, Susan, sharing a photo on Twitter.

“Mitch hated to miss the bipawtisan parade on Capitol Hill today, but he dressed up for the occasion as his favorite superhero,” she wrote, alongside a photo of Mitch, the cockapoo of the now 3-year-old couple, dressed as Iron Man.

An invitation to the event – which Tillis’s office said will be sent out Wednesday – says the event will take place at 5 p.m. on October 27, adding: “All dogs and humans are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes. “