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Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware - Save the Date in 2014!

2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Event Info 2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Event Map 2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Entry Form
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Media Coverage of the 2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware:
KUSI Channel 9 (TV Segment)
NBC San Diego (Photo Gallery)
NBC San Diego (TV Segment)
U-T San Diego (Photo Gallery)

2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Furry Photos

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2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Event Info

San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the 7th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, December 14, 2014. All pet owners and their furry, feathered and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes and put their best paw, wing and fin forward for this jolly promenade and pet expo, which starts and ends at Hilton Gaslamp Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101) at Fourth Avenue and K Street.

The Pet Parade steps off promptly at 3:00pm from Hilton Gaslamp Park, with the parade route continuing under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway and through the historic streets of the district, as festively-attired critters compete for bragging rights and prizes in various contest categories. The tinseled procession then returns to Gaslamp Hilton Park, where participants may explore the Pet Expo (free and open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm) and pick up their complimentary goodie bag, filled with unique keepsakes, samples, toys and special discounts to some of the Gaslamp Quarter’s pet-friendly restaurants and shops. Entries to participate in the Pet Parade will open in July 2014 at just $15 in advance per pet-and-pet-handler duo, $20 on the day of. Day of registration will begin at 12:30pm. Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the Parade is limited. 

Schedule of Events

12:30pm Day of registration opens
1:00pm - 5:00pm

Pet Expo open
Free and open to the public

2:30pm

Call to the Archway!
All registered Pet Parade entries should make their way towards the Gaslamp Quarter Archway, along Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter.

 3:00pm

Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware begins
This is an approximately 0.75 mi walk through the Gaslamp Quarter, starting and ending at the Hilton Gaslamp Park (401 K Street).
Looking for the best vantage point to watch the parade? Any sidewalk or Gaslamp Quarter restaurant patio along the parade route will be the ideal spot. View the parade map HERE.

 3:45ish pm Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware returns to Hilton Gaslamp Park
 4:00pm

Awards Ceremony presented by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA begins on the patio of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Find out who will lead next year's Pet Parade by winning the prestigious Best in Show award, as well as great prizes for our eight other costume award categories. This year, we are proud to partner with the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA in welcoming local news anchor, Brad Wills, as our Master of Ceremony.

5:00pm

Pet Expo closes 

These are some of our fantastic partners that were featured at our Pet Expo in 2013:
Downtown Ace Hardware
Pet and family holiday photos courtesy of Downtown Ace Hardware and All Star Imaging
Unleashed by Petco
Morena Pet Hospital
Pet Walker-Plus
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
Spawtlight Dog Salon & Spa
The Honest Kitchen
Slo-Mo Booth
Fifty Shades of Blue
SIT MEANS SIT Dog Training
PetBox
Traci's Paws, Inc.
Kaleo Marketing LLC
Hills Ideal Balance
Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography
Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort
Wyndham Vacation Resorts
Paws Play
Spike Bite
Farm Fresh To You
Coffee and pup treats at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter, in partnership with Puppy Love Muffins & Specialty Dog Food

Pet Parade Specials, Viewing Parties & More (check back regularly for updates!)

Dick's Last Resort 345 4th Ave., San Diego CA 92101, 619-231-9100 (great view of the Parade is right off of their 5th Ave. facing patio!) Our friends at Dicks Last Resort - San Diego are hosting a viewing party for the 6th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware this Sunday! Watch the parade from their spacious (and very feisty) patio. Plus, enjoy their "Master & Me" drink special - a Salty Dog cocktail in a festive light cup for you and a souvenir doggy bowl for Fido - for just $9.99.
Horton Grand Hotel 311 Island Ave., 619-544-1886

Pet Parade Specials (must be 21 and up)
$1 off Beer
$2 off Cocktails
$3 off Wine
$5 Hair of the Dog (beer with a shot of whiskey)

 

2012 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Directions & Parking

Just want to watch the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware? This family-friendly event is free to view and open to public! Spend a day in the Gaslamp Quarter and watch the Parade go by from your vantage point on a Gaslamp Quarter patio or sidewalk. Be sure to explore the Pet Expo, which is also free and open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at Hilton Gaslamp Park, and join us as we announce the winners of the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade costume categories at 4:00pm at our Awards Ceremony presented by the San Diego Humane Society.The Gaslamp Quarter is centrally located in the heart of Downtown San Diego, mere minutes from the San Diego International Airport and Balboa Park and accessible by MTS bus/trolley and COASTER. For those driving to the Pet Parade, enter the address for the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101) in your GPS/Google Maps. Remember that metered street parking is not enforced on Sunday. You can also find reasonable parking rates within walking distance to the show at the Park-It-On-Market or 6th & K Parkade parking structures: 

Park-It-On-Market
614 Market St.
San Diego, CA 92101

 

6th & K Parkade
298 6th Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101

 

CLICK HERE to visit our guide on location and directions to the Gaslamp Quarter.

2014 Pet Parade Award Categories

Each Pet Parade entry is automatically eligible to win any of these contest categories (winners to be selected by Pet Parade judges – see Contest Rules):

 

Best of Show

(opportunity to be Grand Marshal at next year’s event)

Awarded to the absolute show-stopping best costume of the Pet Parade! This award is given to the best of the best, and the winner is invited to join us and lead next year’s 7th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade on Sunday, December 14th, 2014! 

 

 

Best Pet Costume

Awarded to the most all-around creative and elaborate pet costume. This award is for costumes of all types, whether it be festive, sports-themed, kooky or scary. 

 

Best Pet Costume (non-canine)

Awarded to the best all-around creative and elaborate non-canine pet costume. All well-behaved, friendly pets are welcome to take part in the Pet Parade, be they furry, feathered or scaled. The majority of the pets entered in the Parade are dogs, but this Award gives cats, birds, bunnies, what-have-you the chance to shine. 

Best Costume Duo

Awarded to the best costumed duo, whether pet-and-pet or pet-and-pet-owner, in the Pet Parade. 

Best Costumed Group (3 or more)

Awarded to the best costumed group of three or more in the Pet Parade. Get the whole family involved! 

Best Pet Holiday Costume

Awarded to the pet donning the most festive costume at the Pet Parade. All costumes are welcome at the Parade, but only those specifically celebrating the holidays are eligible to win this award. Think your pet has the best Rudolph, Prancer, Blitzen or even Santa impression? Then he/she could take home this award!

Cutest Critter

Self-explanatory – This award is given to the pet deemed most aww-inspiring at the Pet Parade. 

Ugliest Holiday Sweater

Everyone has one. Let your pet wear theirs with pride!

Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tapepresented by Downtown Ace Hardware 

Our most creative award category to date – Pick up some duct tape (we recommend the expansive collection at Downtown Ace Hardware at 675 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101!) and create a unique and quirky costume for a chance to win this award (this category is open to all Pet Paraders, pet or pet owners alike).

Contest Rules: Each entry is automatically eligible for a chance to win one of our Contest Categories. Winners will be selected and announced at the Pet Parade Awards Ceremony immediately following the Pet Parade at Gaslamp Hilton Park. Judges’ decision is final. 

 

6th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware - 2013 Contest Winners 

Our judges had a very difficult time selecting the 2013 winners - there were so many stellar costumes to choose from! But choose they did, and we are proud to announce the winners of our 2013 costume contests! We look forward to see how everyone ups the ante at our 2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware.

Winner of Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape presented by Downtown Ace Hardware:
Tom Turner and Minnie Mouse

Winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater: 
Dan Johnson and Coconut the French Bulldog

Winner of Cutest Critter: 
Anna Morales and Annie the Mini Yorkie

Winner of Best Pet Costume:
Joseph Jaslow and Byron the “Dog Year Blimp" 

Winner of Best Pet Costume (non-canine): 
Erica Nasby and Sneaky the Guinea Pig 

Winner of Best Pet Holiday Costume:
Mary Caraway and Bailey the “Yorkie Snowman” 

Winner of Best Costumed Duo:
Doug and Jan Savage and Sir Ruffles von Vicious, the “Poop Patrol” 

Winner of Best Costumed Group:
Gaetano Marino and Family, with Mz. Halle as “The Elf Family”

And announcing the winner of this year’s Best in Show, who will lead off next year’s Parade as our 2014 Grand Marshal is:
Justin Peverly and Kitty the Grant Dane, as the “Reindeer on Strike”


Special thanks to our 2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade sponsors and partners:

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Presenting Sponsor - Downtown Ace Hardware

 

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Awards Sponsor - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA   2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Venue Sponsor - Hilton Gaslamp

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsors and Valued Partners

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Fifth Shades of Blue Dog Toys  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Hills Ideal Balance  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Kaleo Marketing  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Morena Pet Hospital  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Paws Play

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - PetBox    2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Pet Walker-Plus  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Sit Means Sit Dog Training  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Spawtlight Dog Salon and Spa  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Farm Fresh To You  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - The Honest Kitchen

2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Traci's Paws  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Unleashed by Petco  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Wyndham Vacation Resorts  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Valued Partner - Downtown San Diego Partnership Clean & Safe Program  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Valued Partner - San Diego Pets Magazine  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Valued Partner - San Diego CityBeat  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Valued Partner - KSON-FM 

 2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Spike Bite Pet Protection  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Slo-Mo Booth  2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - No Wagging Tails Left Behind

For more information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (619) 233-5227.
 

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