More than 1,800 spectators and 1,100 participants – our biggest crowd yet – turned out for the 14th annual Burlingame Pet Parade, which took place on September 23, 2017. The parade was led by Our Lady of Angeles Preschool. The parade marshal was Pickles, a 1-year-old Potbelly pig who volunteers with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA as a therapy pig. Music was provided by the Burlingame High School Marching Band, the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band and the San Mateo Elks Concert Band.
Caption info for Pickles, the Parade Marshal
Pickles the pig rides in a chauffeured classic Thunderbird with his owner, Maddie Johnson San Francisco, during his reign as the parade marshal at the 14th annual Burlingame Pet Parade on September 23. Pickles is a pet therapy pig that volunteers with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA visiting retirement homes, hospitals and other facilities. Pickles is a solo ocean surfer and he has more than 11,500 followers on Instagram. His chauffeur is car owner Don Hamblin of Burlingame Auto Body.
Grand Prize: The top prize went to a large African spurred tortoise named Rick who propelled himself a rainbow-colored skateboard. The 6-year-old tortoise is owned by Daiki Yamaguchi of Burlingame.
Best School Float: McKinley School in Burlingame won top honors in the Best School Float contest for a float promoting the school’s Harvest Festival on Oct. 27-28. The float depicted a graveyard with a tombstone labeled “RIPDog Days of Summer.” It was guarded by Charlie, an 11-year-old Yorkshire terrier dressed as a vampire that belongs to the Bass family of Burlingame. Many McKinley families wearing Harvest Festival T-shirts accompanied the float.
Second Place School Float:Roosevelt School won second-place honors for its Chili Cook-off float advertising the 21st annual school fundraiser on Oct. 8. The float depicted a giant pot of chili with all the ingredients. It was designed by artist Justin Angelos with help from his daughter Quinn, a fifth grader at Roosevelt, and was accompanied by more than a dozen Roosevelt families.
Most Unusual Animal: The top honor went to Mr. Big, a petite Polish dwarf rabbit owned by 11-year-old Mila Mulready and her 8-year-old sister Shea, who live in Burlingame.
Best Pet Trick: Rocky, a 5-year-old Corgi Papillon dressed at Batman, won this category for being an energetic begger. He is owned by 13-year-old Josh Frojelin of San Carlos.
Best Dressed Pet: The winner wasLei, a 3-year-old Rottweiler-labrador dressed as a UPS man, complete with package. She was named after her owner, Lei Fesaitu, who posed as a UPS driver. They live in Burlingame.
Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category): Beatrice Burke, dressed as a witch, and her husband David Greene, dressed as a flying monkey, won this category with their Wizard of Oz entry, which included three dogs: Toto, depicted by 4-year-old Fada, and two flying monkeys, 6-year-old Oscar and 2-year-old Sadie. Toto and Oscar are Portuguese Podengos and Sadie is a Schnauzer. The family lives in Burlingame.
We are grateful to this year’s parade sponsors:
- The Broadway Merchants Association
- The City of Burlingame
- The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
- Pet Food Express
- The Daily Journal
- The Alan Canas Team of Realtors
- Korody Business Services
- Bayshore Auto Body
- Bark & Whiskers
- Hyatt’s 3Sixty Bistro Bar Market
- Here Doggy Daycare
Many thanks to this year’s judges:
- Denise Groebner, Gateways to the World, representing the Broadway Merchants Association
- Alan Canas, President, Alan Canas Team of Realtors
- Alex Foy, Associate, Pet Food Express, Burlingame
- Nicole Dupuis, longtime volunteer for the Peninsula Humane Society&SPCA
We’d also like to thank our Pet Parade organizers, including:
- Ayn Gilmore of AVR Realty, who was in charge of the parade
- Ross Bruce of the Broadway Business Improvement District
- Brian Probst of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA, who organized the many PHS volunteers at the parade
- Larkin O’Toole of PHS & SPCA, who assisted Brian Probst
- Councilmemberand former Mayor Ann Keighran, for managing prizes and recycling
- Former Mayor Terry Nagel, for handling publicity
- Jeff Tateosian, official parade announcer
- Nirmala Bandrapalli, for organizing the judging
- Tim Hooker of Esperto, for designing the website
- Don Hamblin of Bayshore Auto Body, for chauffeuring the Grand Marshal in a classic Thunderbird convertible
- Jeff Londer, for managing the banners
- Jennifer Pfaff, for helping with publicity
- Chuck Pitkofsky, official parade photographer
- Tom Gorrie and Boy Scout Troop 156, for hanging the American flags on Broadway
- Russ Cohen, for designing the flier
- Sgt. Jim Ford and Officer Garrett Peneof the Burlingame Police Department
- Kevin Sanchez and Nicole Rath of the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department