On Saturday May 15, the Los Altos Kiwanis Club held their 63rd annual Pet Parade down Main Street in Los Altos, California.
The Kiwanis Club International is a global organization of volunteers of every age who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The Los Altos Kiwanis Club has been organizing the Pet Parade since 1948. Every year this beloved community tradition attracts thousands of people, hundreds of families, and hundreds of dogs and various other pets to participate and watch.
Marching in the parade were all kinds of dogs, some wearing costumes, while others sported dresses, t-shirts, bandanas and even pink tutus. Puppies and small dogs traveled in wagons, and some even had miniature doggie floats to make a grand show during the march.
The Los Altos Kiwanis Club members contribute many hours of community service each year and raise funds to support their efforts through donations and their yearly Christmas Tree sales. Each year they put on the Pet Parade to bring together families and children within the community. "Seeing the families together and enjoying the event is the best part of Pet Parade," says Dr. Charmaine Tu, a Los Altos Kiwanis Club member, organizer and MC for the Pet Parade. She is also the owner of Guinness, a chocolate lab who is the official Mascot of the Los Altos Pet Parade.
Dogs, children and adults weren't the only ones participating in the Pet Parade. There were horses, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, cats, mice, hamsters, hermit crabs, lizards, bearded dragons, parrots, macaws, box turtles, worms, and even garden snails all marching in the parade. "Kids will bring any animal they can find just to participate," says Dr. Tu who marveled at the boy with the snails. When asked what her favorite pet in the parade was she said "The dachshunds in the hot dog outfits! I look for them every year."
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