Kathy Kellman from Stockton with Poe, her xoloitzcuintli Mexican hairless dog dressed as a bride and groom.
Most Unusual Animal:
Yvette (17) and Alexandra (10) Goslawski from Burlingame with Rocky, their bearded dragon.
Most Original Group:
The Graczewski family – Tim, Cheryl, Will (10) and their lab mix Digs – and the Rubero family – Angelo, Lynn, Corbin (10) and their cocker spaniel Sage – from Burlingame, all dressed as characters from “The Wizard of Oz.”
Best Pet Trick: Kathy Kellman from Stockton with Fiona, her schnauzer who can pick up her toys and put them in a basket, get a tissue when Kathy sneezes, and play the piano.
This was the 10th annual Pet Parade. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we gave away free ice cream cones to all children who turn 10 this year. The parade was started in 2004 by a group of volunteers who wanted to promote community spirit and have a good time.
The Pet Parade is entirely supported by volunteers and community organizations.
Our judges were:
- Michael Levy, Founder, Pet Food Express
- Jon Mays, Editor, Daily Journal
- Laura Hesselgren, Chair of the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Commission
- Rick Obwald, volunteer of the year for the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA
- 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
- Lily’s Legacy Senior Dog Sanctuary
Our parade organizers included Mayor Ann Keighran and Councilmember Terry Nagel, Ross Bruce of the Broadway Merchants Association, Nicole Acquisti and Margaret Glomstad of the Burlingame Recreation Center, Rudy Horak (who came up with idea for the parade), Tom Gorrie of the Boy Scouts, photographer Mark Hundley, website designer Stephen Hamilton, Brett Murphy of the Burlingame Police Department, Jeff Londer, Tasha Newton and Jennifer Pfaff.
Jeff Tateosian was our parade announcer.Brian Probst of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA coordinated all the logistics and volunteers for the parade.
The Burlingame High School Band and the Los Trancos Woods Marching Band marched in the parade. The San Mateo Elks Concert Band played before and after the parade.
Logistics of the Pet Parade
The parade was led by a color guard from Cub Scout Pack 28 (from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame) and children from Village Park Preschool in Burlingame.
Boy Scouts from Trop 156 (First Presbyterian Church in Burlingame) posted American flags along the street early this morning.
Every parade participant received a souvenir ribbon.
Special Attractions at the Parade
- Four miniature horses portrayed a “Fantasy Horse” theme.
- Their handlers come from the Rolling Hills 4-H Miniature Horse Project in Cupertino.
- The oldest horse in the group was 25 years old and the youngest was 6.
- The horses ranged in size from 30-1/2 inches to 34 inches.
- The Canine Angels are puppies that serve kids and young adults with special needs.
- Volunteers from the Burlingame Mothers’ Club invited children to make pet spiders and crabs – or any other 6- or 8-legged creature. We also had a face painter and two animal balloon makers.
- Mark Hundley, the parade’s official photographer, had an exhibit of photos from past parades on display.
- The Peninsula Humane Society had its adoption van parked next to the photo exhibit.
The parade is a noncommercial nonpolitical event. The rules are very simple:
- A float can be a decorated bicycle, wagon or kiddie car.
- No political entries are permitted, but all types of pets are welcome.
- Children without pets are encouraged to bring stuffed animals.
- Entries must be operated by foot power only, unless special arrangements are made.
- Groups are encouraged to identify themselves with a banner or sign.
PenTV came along to the 10th annual parade and created this commemorative video. Enjoy!