Calling all dogs, cats, lizards, hamsters, birds or whatever other pets you want to bring down to the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade this weekend! This parade is going to be unlike any other because come Sunday, animals of all shapes and sizes are going to be flocking to the Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego with eager owners in tow.
The parade will start at 3 pm on Sunday, December 8 at the Hilton Gaslamp Park at 401 K Street. Owners are encouraged to dress up in festive costume, along with their furry or feathered friend, and enter one of the many costume contests. Winners will be announced at the Pet Parade Awards Ceremony and will receive prizes and a certificate. Contestants will have an opportunity to win in the following categories:
- Cutest Critter
- Best Non-Canine Pet Costume
- Best Costume Made out of Duct Tape (be sure not to hurt any fuzzy animals!)
- Best in Show
- Ugliest Christmas Sweater
- Best Group Costume
- Best Costume Duo
- Best Dog Costume
- Best Pet Holiday Costume
If you left your pet at home during a San Diego vacation and you don’t want to participate in the parade, you can always watch the entertaining spectacle from the sidelines and join in on the fun at the Pet Expo from 1 p to 5pm at the Hilton Gaslamp Park. Guests will receive a free goodie bag and have access to over 20 booths and maybe a treat or two, for both you and your four-legged companion.
Registration for the parade is now open and available for $15 for you and your pet. The day of the event registration will be open at 12:30 pm for $20. The parade will start by heading north from the expo on Harbor Dr., near Little Italy and the San Diego Convention Center, before turning left on 5th Ave. The group will then be guided to march left on E St and left on 4th Ave. in order to circle back to the Hilton Gaslamp Park for the Pet Expo.
If you’re looking for an affordable pet-friendly hotel that’s near downtown San Diego, look no further than the Marina Inn. Just give us a call at 1-800-571-2933 or visit marinainnsd.com and let our Reservation Specialist know your pet is coming along so we can make sure we accommodate both you and your companion.