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St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2018 NYC

New York - The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the largest in the world with over 150,000 participants and two million plus people along the parade route.  The year of 2018 marks the 257th parade.  The route of the parade was along 5th Ave from 44th Street to 79th Street.  His Eminence, Timothy Cardinal Dolan stood in front of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral greeting and blessing participants on the parade route.  Bag pipes, dancers, bands and loads of green filled the NYC streets.


Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar joined the parade route.  Loretta Brennan Glucksman was the grand marshal.  Dignitaries included New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Mayor of New York City Bill de Blasio, police Commissioner James O’Neill and many more.  NYPD Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce blew the whistle to kick off the parade is retiring this year.

The Band Hairball

Fargo, ND – The band Hairball filled the Fargo Civic Auditorium with a well-coordinated Rock & Roll concert with all the effects of sound, lights, costumes and props.  The talented members of the band kept the show moving non-stop. 


Opening act with KISS continuing with music created by the legend Prince, Queen, Journey, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper plus many others.  Hairball has a built up a large base of loyal fans that were fully embracing the performance that was continual for over two and half hours.  Hairball has been performing for 18 years across the country with all age groups packing the venues.  The Jackson 3 opened the concert.

WPPI 2018 in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada – Mandalay Bay Convention Center is filled to the brim with new technology that photographers are gathered to embrace.  Wedding and portrait photographers from all over the country have been gathering this week to stay ahead of the fast moving industry to give their clients the best that can be offered.


Products from all different companies are on display and available to be tested by the attendees.  Drones have been at a fast pace within the industry opening different opportunities for the photographers to offer their clients.  With the broadening of drones comes with it new technique to use the equipment and rules that are directed by the government.  Camera and independent lens were being checked out along with different level of travel bags that met the airline guidelines.  The great advantage of WPPI is that everyone is willing to share ideas and help improve the industry so that everyone can succeed.

Rodney Carrington at Alerus Center

Grand Forks, ND – Rodney Carrington brought a large crowd of fans to hear his jokes and perform original music at the Alerus Center.  The weather earlier in the day was hit with snow and high winds that could have been an easy excuse for fans to just stay home but Carrington’s fans are loyal.  Carrington had a strong theme that came from the personal viewpoint of his life from an early age and carried forward to his age now.  He went non-stop with his stories and humor with an embracing Mature audience.


Rodney Carrington’s talent carried forward on the second half by singing with his guitar to his original music.  Carrington has a wide range of talent encompassing the stand-up comedian, actor and country music artist.  He has released with major-labeled albums; six with original music and has starred in “Rodney” sitcom and film 2008 “Beer for My Horses.”

Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show names “Best In Show”

New York – Flynn the bichon frise wins the prestigious “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show Tuesday evening.


Madison Square Garden was packed for the final competition of “Best in Show”.  Flynn the bichon frise took the top honors of being the top dog for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.  The small powder-puff dog followed his handler, Bill McFadden flawlessly. Competition was tight and all of the finalists performed beautifully showing why obtaining this title is so prestigious and is considered the Olympics of competition for dogs.


There were two full days of competition leading up to the final round on Tuesday evening at the Gardens.  The final round was narrowed down to Biggie a pug, Border collie - Slick, Ty a giant schnauzer, Sussex spaniel called Bean,  Norfolk terrier named Winston, and regal borzoi-Lucy. 


Betty-Anne Stenmark from Woodside, California was the judge that chose the winner. 


Westminster Agility Competition

New York – Fame(US) a black and white border collie won The Westminster Kennel Club agility championship on Saturday evening at the Piers in New York.  Jessica Ajoux is the handler from Sparta, New Jersey had Fame jumping into her arms as the crowd roared in excitement to their finish.  Fame(US) pronunciation is “famous.”


Agility was added to The Westminster Kennel Club in 2014 that allowed mixed-breed dogs to enter with 29 competing in this year’s competition with a total of 330 dogs.  A full day of competition was held at the Piers with the finalists ending the evening.  Right behind Fame(US) a Chihuahua-terrier named Jefe was the top agility dog that was a mixed breed.


Monday opens with 2,882 entries for the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club show at Madison Square Garden.  Tuesday evening will feature the finale with the Top in Show to be announced

New York Pet Fashion Show NYC

New York – The evening at the historic Hotel Pennsylvania, NYC was fully energized with creatively designed costumes that celebrities and rescue stars walked down the runway with their pets and rescue dogs looking for homes.  This was the 15th anniversary with the theme “Country Couture for Animal Rescue.”  The New York Pet Fashion Show is the largest pet fashion and animal rescue benefit in the country.


Dedication and true passion illuminated the venue showcasing all involved that work hard for the cause.  The benefit of helping to save animals lives and benefiting the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals with 150 shelters and rescue groups has increased their presence every year with their mission.


Gregg Oehler is the Chairman of the event and TropiClean was the presenter of the New York Pet Fashion Show.  The host and MC was Celebrity Pet Expert Harrison Forbes.  The Gold Paw award featured celebrity, TV host and actor Travis Brorsen for the 2018 “ Humanitarian” award winner.

SCI – Safari Club International

Las Vegas, Nevada – Worldwide programs for wildlife came under one location ad over 17,000 attended the Safari Club International (SCI).  Six continents were represented by hunting guides and hunters for the annual Safari Club International.  Safari Club foundation invests millions of dollars in strong educational seminars and wildlife conservation.  SCI is a strong advocate in protecting the freedom to hunt in the United States and internationally.


Safari Club International holds an Auction Program during the convention.  The proceeds help promote the mission program for SCI with hunting advocacy, wildlife conservation and humanitarian services.  The Las Vegas Convention Center had nearly one million square feet with over 2,000 booth spaces for exhibitors for a mix of gun and products, wildlife art, international travel and more.

142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

New York City – In advance of the 142nd Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, to be held February 12-13 at Piers 92/94 and Madison Square Garden, three breeds representing the dog clubs who were the recipients of the inaugural Westminster Gives Back Dog Rescue Awards, four Chinese breeds in celebration of the Chinese New Year, and several Agility competitors were introduced at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel, Grand Ballroom.


Gives Back Dog Rescue Award-Winning Breed Clubs:  Bearded Collie/English Cocker Spaniel/Great Pyrenees.  Chinese Breeds:  Shih Tzu/Chinese Crested/Chow Chow/ Pekingese/Pug/Chinese Shar-Pei.  Agility Demonstration Competitors:  All-American Dog/Golden Retriever/ Australian Shepherd/ Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/ Dachshund.


The AKC Meet the Breeds and the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster will be held on Saturday, February 10 at Piers 92/94.  The family friendly event is hosted by The Westminster Kennel Club, The American Kennel Club (AKC) and The International Cat Association 9TICA).  All Westminster Week events are presented by Purina Pro Plan.

WPPI – Wedding and Portrait Photographers

Las Vegas – Time is closing in for the largest Wedding and Portrait Photographers Conference in the country.  Over 12,000 attendees have registered for the four-day conference to learn the latest techniques from top professionals across the world covering portrait to wedding photography.  Conference and Expo will be February 24-28 in Las Vegas.
  WPPI (Wedding Professional Photographers International) gives opportunity for attendees to network and learn techniques from the top suppliers and competitors in the industry.  The drone industry has invaded society and competition has become stronger within the photography business.  There will be seminars with speakers willing to share all their expertise on how they have met this challenge head on to create a successful business. 

President Trump first week

Washington, D. C. - First week after the Inaugural has begun with President Donald Trump non-stop with meetings, revisiting previous executive orders that were implemented during President Obama term.  The whole week will be a reflection of what to expect for the coming years on a national and international basis. 

Nominations are being finalized as well as Press secretary Sean Spicer held the first full White House briefing on Monday morning.  President Donald Trump signed three Executive Orders and pulled the US from Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).  British Prime Minister Theresa May will be the first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader.

Flight of the Nations – Balloon Fiesta

Albuquerque, New Mexico – Mass Ascension for Flight of the Nations lifted off early Wednesday morning with nearly 600 balloons.  The winds allowed the “box” to form that Albuquerque is so famous for.  The higher elevation had stronger winds that did not allow the competition portion of the balloons to come from outside the field to complete the task for a second day in a row.
America’s Challenge Gas Balloon race launch was held off for a day because of impending weather that they would encounter as the winds would float them eastward

Rolling Stones at TCF Bank Stadium “Satisfaction”

Minneapolis, MN - Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones rocked the TCF Bank Stadium with over 50,000 fans.  The rain stopped minutes before the Rolling Stones took the stage and fans stood throughout the two hour plus concert absorbing music that the band has been performing over 53 years.  Mick Jagger remains strong with his iconic dance form that everyone has become accustomed to seeing along with playing the harmonica to “Midnight Rambler.” 


BOSTON 40th Anniversary Moondance Jam
Walker, Minnesota – BOSTON played to a fully packed arena at Moondance Jam 25.  The 25th anniversary for Moondance Jam 25 had a non-stop music festival for the weekend and is known as one of the top country music festivals. Multi-thousands of fans came out to hear the top musicians from all over the world.  BOSTON’s performance was cut short because of a huge lightning storm that was passing through the area after some very hot and humid days.
Moondance jammin Country Fest weekend

Justin Moore
Walker, MN – A temperamental weather pattern gave way to a large double rainbow over the main arena as Moondance jammin Country Fest was in full swing with a packed arena of fans.  Friday went off like clockwork with the well-defined organization that Moondance has been noted for.  Entertainers began with Dallas Smith, Jon Pardi, Rodney Atkins and Justin Moore.  Saturday will be filled with performances by Lost Highway, Sarah Darling, Joe Nichols and Hunter Hayes.


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