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Pets, owners face reroute at Saturday's parade

Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade participants will march a modified route 10 a.m. Saturday due to continuing downtown construction projects.

Officials rescheduled the 63rd annual parade, traditionally held the second Saturday in May, for Saturday due to spring intersection upgrades on Main and State streets. The change marks the first rescheduling in recent memory.

Because construction continues on First Street, marchers will follow an altered route, which includes one less block of Main Street, said Doris Padilla, 2011 Pet Parade chairwoman.

The new course begins at Main and Second streets, with participants gathering at the South and Central plazas between Second and Third streets. The route proceeds down Main and up State, dispersing at First, to the right of the construction.

Over more than six decades, the Pet Parade has evolved into a downtown tradition that attracts hundreds of participating children – with pets of all varieties, from lizards to llamas – in wagons, on bicycles and marching with parents, neighbors and representatives from local bands, schools and community groups.

This year, Padilla said, the Kiwanis Club hopes to revive the classic vision of a downtown parade that emphasizes children’s participation.

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