5th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade
San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown San Diego as the 5th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, December 9, 2012. All pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, claw, wing, and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo, which starts and ends at Gaslamp Hilton Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter at Fourth Avenue and K Street.
Celebrating its fifth year in 2012, the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware has attracted a veritable zoo of 200 pets and pet owners to the Gaslamp Quarter each year, ranging from a bearded dragon to a Clydesdale horse, as well as cats and a plethora of dogs. The Pet Parade steps off promptly at 3pm from Gaslamp Hilton Park and will be proudly led by the official Grand Marshals, Chewbacca and owner Tracy Barton, awarded Best of Show at the 2011 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade. The parade route will continue under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway and through the historic streets of the district, as festively-attired critters compete for bragging rights and prizes in various contest categories. The tinseled procession then returns to Gaslamp Hilton Park, where participants may explore the Pet Expo, which is free and open to the public from 1-5pm and will feature products and services to satisfy even the most discerning pet and pet owner.
This year’s event gives registered pet paraders the opportunity to vie for any one of nine sensational costume award categories, including Best of Show — the winner of which will be given the opportunity to lead next year’s Pet Parade as official Grand Marshal, Best Pet Costume, Best Pet Costume (non-canine), Best Costumed Duo, Best Costumed Group (three or more), Best Pet Holiday Costume, Cutest Critter, Ugliest Holiday Sweater, Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape presented by Downtown Ace Hardware. All of the award winners will be announced at the Pet Parade Awards Ceremony presented by AT&T immediately following the Pet Parade at Gaslamp Hilton Park.
Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is just $15 per pet-and-pet-handler duo; $20 on the day of the event. The first 300 registered pet paraders will receive a complimentary goodie bag, filled with unique keepsakes, samples, toys and special discounts to some of the Gaslamp Quarter’s pet-friendly restaurants and shops. This year, the Gaslamp Quarter Association has partnered with Downtown Ace Hardware to offer a $5.00 discount on the Pet Parade entry fee. Guests may visit Downtown Ace Hardware at 675 Sixth Avenue and show their Ace Rewards Card or sign up for the Ace Rewards Program to receive an exclusive discounted entry form available only at Downtown Ace Hardware. For standard pre-registration, guests may download the entry registration form online. (www.gaslamp.org/pet-parade) Registration on the day of the event begins at 1pm, though guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the parade is limited. (www.gaslamp.org)