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Dogs, goats and mini horses, oh my! Olympia celebrates the 90th annual Pet Parade

90th annual Olympia Pet Parade

The Olympian newspaper hosts the annual celebration of kids and their pets for the final year, handing off the planning to the Hands On Children's Museum.
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The Olympian newspaper hosts the annual celebration of kids and their pets for the final year, handing off the planning to the Hands On Children's Museum.

Kids, parents and others from around Olympia converged in Heritage Park Saturday morning, prepared to proudly strut their furry best friends down the route of the 90th Annual Pet Parade.

Parade participants interpreted this year’s theme, “Superheroes,” in many different ways. Batman was a popular choice, with many dogs and cats dressed in bat gear.

One group came complete with a wagon decorated as the Batmobile. Colin Quebedeaux, 7, dressed in a Batman costume, made sure to emphasize “Bruce Wayne paid for it, and I’m totally not Bruce Wayne.”

He was accompanied by Maddie Farnham, 7, and Paul Farnham, 4, dressed as Batgirl and Robin, respectively. Their batdog Pepper wore a bat-emblazoned ensemble replete with a black sparkly tutu.

Karl Jacobs, Tamara Crane and their daughter Julia Crane-Jacobs, 12, arrived with their cat Mittens, dressed as Superman, their bunny Taz, adorned with his own red, sparkly cape, and their three dogs dressed as Batman, Robin and Wonder Woman.

Jacobs and Crane have been attending the parade for about 20 years, since their youngest son was 2, and were excited to come again with their daughter.

“It’s just a great event,” said Jacobs. “It’s probably my favorite event in Olympia. It’s super positive, kids with their pets. It’s silly fun and friendly.”

Kelly Miller brought three generations of her family to celebrate Saturday’s parade. With her daughter in Tacoma, and her son in Aberdeen, they often gather in Olympia, making the pet parade the perfect place to show off their four Boston terriers.

The whole family donned capes made with felt, decorated with paw emblems, complete with shields that her grandsons made themselves out of paper plates.

“We’re superheroes for dogs,” Miller said. “This is our fourth year in the parade. We really look forward to it.”

Angie Merrill dressed her son Kaeden Merrill-Laird and their dog Miri as Groot and Rocket from Marvel’s popular series “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Merrill fashioned Kaeden’s Groot costume out of paper bags, tape and cardboard for an impressive full-body outfit, mask included.

Although dogs were surely the most popular pet to bring to the parade, there were many other species represented.

Ava Bryant, 6, brought her pet snail Violet in a terrarium and completed their look by dressing as a snail herself. This was Ava’s third year in the parade.

Ellie Mark, 10, and her mom Elisa Lyles brought their four goats named Milkshake Latte, Cinnamon Puff, Curly and Stripes. Lyles attempted to dress the goats up as superheroes, but they kept destroying their costumes.

“Last year we did dinosaur costumes with cardboard, and they ate them,” Lyles said. “We had a cape this year but they already tore it. They’re amazing at tearing stuff up.”

It was Ellie in the end who wound up wearing a Spiderman costume on the parade route.

Darlene Simkins, dressed as Mario from Super Mario Bros, brought along her ferret Bella, whose cage was decorated with tubes reminiscent of the kind in the game. This was Simkins’ third time bringing Bella to the pet parade.

A miniature horse, a guinea pig, a parrot on a stroller and two chickens dressed as the “Egg-vengers” joined the crowd.

Parade attendees were accompanied by The American Legion band and bagpipe players from the Olympia Highlanders, with Highlander Elanie Newbern and her 13-year-old toy Pomeranian Riley out in front.

Bystanders lined 5th Avenue to witness the procession, many bringing along their own dogs to watch the menagerie of marchers.

The route finished at Sylvester Park where attendees chowed down on free ice cream and received goody bags. Tunes like “Superman” by Three Doors Down and the original batman theme song played over the loud speakers while they mingled.

This year’s parade will be the last hosted by the Olympian after an 80-year run beginning in 1939. The parade will be handed off to the Hands-on Children’s Museum, who are excited to take on the event in the years to come. “The hands on Children’s Museum is delighted to maintain this tradition,” said Senior Development Manager Amy Brockman. For more information on future pet parades, Brockman directed attendees to check on the Hands-on Children’s Museum’s website.

Hanson Motors, The Olympia Downtown Alliance, and Capital Heating and Cooling were among the sponsors for this years event. For a full list of winners, and sponsored gifts, check out the list below.



WINNERS AND PRIZES:

Floats:

Aydan Nicolini won a $20 Visa gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Michael and Amelia Pate won a $25 Visa donated by the Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital.

Colin Quebedeaux won a $50 Vic’s gift card donated by Vic’s Pizzeria.

Wheels:

The Lopez family won a $20 visa gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Olwe James won a $20 Target Card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

Julia Brane-Jacdo won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital.

Sophia and Mary Yerger won a $25 Visa gift card donated by South Bay Veterinary Hospital.

Busy Bees Preschool won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

Betsy and Poppy Bowerman won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

Impersonations:

Lyla Roth won a $20 Target Card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

Avantika and Maya Modak won a $25 Visa gift card donated by the Steamboat Animal Hospital.

Ayla Judy won a $25 Visa gift card donated by the Healthy Pets Animal Hospital.

Kaeden Merrill won a Family Day Pass donated by the Hands-on Children’s Museum.

Autumn Ormrod won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

Pets:

Isadora Taylor and Kenadee Sorem won a $20 Target card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

The Enlow family and the Whitehouse family won a $20 visa gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Chloe Arendt won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Hawks Prairie Veterinary Hospital.

Ellie Mark won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Chambers Prairie Animal Hospital.

Bela Greer won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Healthy Pets Animal Hospital.

Ava Bryant won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

Small Dogs:

Parker Smith won a $20 Visa gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Bethany Stephenson won a $20 Target card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

Angelina Hagenlock won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Chambers Prairie Animal Hospital.

Braden and Bennet Hines won a $25 Visa gift card donated by South Bay Veterinary Hospital.

Kendra Zigler won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Healthy Pets Animal Hospital.

Hailey Kulp won a $50 Vic’s gift card donated by Vic’s Pizzeria.

Big Dogs:

Nila Williamson won a $20 gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Kristin Sinclair won won a $20 Target card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

Peregrine Capella won a $25 gift card donated by Chambers Prairie Animal Hospital.

Wyatt Nichols won a $25 Visa gift card donated by Steamboat Animal Hospital.

Konnor and JJ Vega won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

Julia Crane-Jacobs won $30 cash donated by Ron Shincke.

The Chisholm-Baier family won a $50 Vic’s gift card donated by Vic’s Pizzeria.

General:

The Pruitt family won a $20 Visa gift card donated by John Erwin Remodeling.

Stella won a $20 Target card donated by O Bee Credit Union.

JoJo Wat won a $25 gift card donated by the South Bay Veterinary Hospital.

Kaen won a $25 Visa gift card donated by the Steamboat Animal Hospital.

Grand Prizes:

Sophia Yerger won a $250 Visa gift card donated by Capital Heating and Cooling for an Entry by a Child.

Serrano won a $250 Archibald Sisters Gift Card donated by Archibald Sisters for Entry by a Girl.

Julia Crane-Jacobs won a $250 Mud Bay Granary gift card donated by Mud Bay Granary for Entry by a Group.

Mike Miller won a $250 gift basket donated by the Hands-on Children’s Museum for Entry by a Family.

Merrill Laird won a Bicycle from Falcone’s Bicycle Center for Entry by a Boy.

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