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Visitors can expect a crowd in downtown Los Altos Saturday as children and their pets march in the annual Kiwanis Pet Parade.
The Los Altos Kiwanis Pet Parade is scheduled 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Los Altos.
The annual event showcases pets of a variety of species parading down Main and State streets, accompanied by their owners. Dave Roos, founding veterinarian of Los Altos-based Adobe Animal Hospital, will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.
The community’s first pet parade occurred in 1947, five years before the city of Los Altos incorporated. The parade has become a spring tradition that attracts thousands of children with a range of pets – from snails to llamas – on foot, on horseback, in wagons and on bicycles. Representatives from local bands, schools and other community groups also march in the parade.
Local dignitaries travel the route in classic cars. This year’s special guests include Los Altos Mayor Jarrett Fishpaw, Los Altos Hills Mayor Gary Waldeck, Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce Chairman Steve Fick, Los Altos School District Superintendent Jeff Baier and board President Doug Smith, Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District Superintendent Barry Groves and board President Judy Hannemann, Kiwanis Club of Los Altos President Bob Galen, Rotary Club of Los Altos President John Sylvester, Kiwanis Division 34 Lt. Gov. Brian Dahlquist and Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Hi District Gov. Gary Jander.
For more information, visit www.losaltoskiwanis.org.
Kiwanis Pet Parade 2013 - Photos By Ellie Van Houtte/Los Altos Town Crier