On August 18th, kids 16 and under take to the streets of downtown Olympia decked out in costumes, with animals in tow and their hearts filled with excitement and joy. This year marks the 83rd annual parade.
Pet Parade is free and draws more than 1,000 kids and pets – everything from dogs and cats to gerbils and llamas.
Prizes are awarded in numerous categories. Over the years, costumes and categories have changed, but the idea remains the same – fun and creativity for kids and families.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Starts in Heritage Park on Water Street adjacent to Capitol Lake. The eight-block route ends in Sylvester Park on Legion Way.
Lineup begins at 8 a.m.
Parade starts at 10 a.m.
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Heritage Park)
Grand prizes announced at about 11:30 a.m. at Sylvester Park.
Pets, Wheels, Impersonations, Big Dogs, Little Dogs and Floats.
Call Tammy at 360-754-5420.
No need to register … just show up, pets, kids and all. After the parade there will be free ice cream and goodie bags at Sylvester Park.
No motorized or battery operated vehicles are permitted in the parade (except those assisting disabled persons).
No commercial entries or politicking.
We will be accepting donations of unopened cans and bags of pet food in Heritage Park. All donations will go directly to Thurston County Animal Services.
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