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Archived News Release from 2009

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Bring the Family and the Pets to Redwood City’s 8th Annual Pet Parade!

Redwood City, CA - May 5, 2009 - The Pet Parade is the wildly popular annual event inviting children, adults and families to show off their pets of all types and sizes, whether fur, feathers, or scales, and vie for a $100 Grand prize award for the very best entry winner! This is not just a Pet Parade; it is a community event that will include a Pet Parade and much more. It all takes place on Saturday, May 30th from 11 am – 3 pm. The Parade starts at noon, in Redwood City’s beautiful Downtown Courthouse Square.

The entire pet-loving community is invited to bring their pets or special stuffed animal - costumes are encouraged for pets, and for humans, too! Get the registration form at any Park and Recreation location; print the form on the City’s events website located at, or sign up by 11:30 am on the day of the Pet Parade. There is a $5 per entry fee to be judged in the contest and possibly win a $100 grand prize! There is no fee to walk along and just be part of the Pet Parade!

This year’s family activities include a demonstration by the famous Skye Dogs USA Fantastic Frisbee Dogs - incredible performers that are sure to delight children and adults alike. The well known San Francisco performers Dana and his dog Lacy will also perform some amazing dog in flight tricks for all to see. Each group will perform twice during the day’s events. Also at the event will be The Friendly Pony Party and Barnyard Pals providing pony rides and a petting zoo for children to enjoy. The crowd will enjoy face painting, snow cones, great food, jumpy houses, games and art projects, a professional photographer to take pictures of you and your special pet, and a live performance of the well known band “Mid Life Crisis”.

Hundreds of people and their animals participate in each year’s Pet Parade which has become well-known as the “happiest event of the year!” Families will enjoy lots of food, vendor booths, entertainment, and more. Contest categories include: best pet costume, best pet and owner look-alike, most unusual pet, and best pet trick. Leashes are required, and all participants should bring water for themselves and their pets.

This event is sponsored and hosted by Redwood City and its Parks, Recreation & Community Services Department, the Redwood City Parks and Recreation Commission and the Redwood City Redevelopment Agency.     

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Jeri Joseph-Hover
Redwood City Parks & Recreation Commission


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