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Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic

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Event Info

San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the 7th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes 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).

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 Hilton Gaslamp 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 are now open and are 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. 

NOTE: Online advance registration ends on Saturday, December 13 at 11:59PM PST. You can register on-site on the day of the event on Sunday, December 14 from 12:30PM to 2:30PM. Bring a new, unwrapped toy with you to Downtown Ace Hardware's booth in the Pet Expo and save $5 off your day-of entry fee! 

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 and Market Street Veterinary Clinic 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 and Market Street Veterinary Clinic returns to Hilton Gaslamp Park
 4:00pm

Awards Ceremony presented by the San Diego Humane Society and Doozydog! Club 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.

5:00pm

Pet Expo closes 

 

2014 Costume Contest 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. 

Best Ugly Holiday Sweater presented by Doozydog! Club

Everyone has one. Let your pet wear theirs with pride! Our partners-in-holiday-sweater-crime at Doozydog! Club want to see your pet's tackiest, loudest, more holiday-spirited sweater. The more reindeer, snowmen, pom poms, and snowflakes on it, the better!

Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape presented 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: Please only use pet-safe costumes. 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 presented by San Diego Humane Society and Doozydog! Club immediately following the Pet Parade at Gaslamp Hilton Park. Judges’ decision is final. 

Pet Parade Specials & Deals in the Gaslamp Quarter

  • Bubbles Boutique (226 5th Ave.) - 10% off any purchase for Pet Paraders

     

  • Dick’s Last Resort (345 4th Ave.) - 10% off to all that dine at Dick’s Last Resort’s patio with their pets on Sunday, Dec. 14, plus treats for your pooches, or take advantage of their coupon in the Pet Parade goodie bag!
  • Ghirardelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop (643 5th Ave.) - Take advantage of their coupon in the Pet Parade goodie bag!
  • Hooters Gaslamp (410 Market St.) - Take advantage of their coupon in the Pet Parade goodie bag!
  • Rockin’ Baja Lobster (310 5th Ave.) - Visit them on Saturday, December 13 and dine with your pets on their patio to get 10% off! Also, take advantage of their coupon in the Pet Parade goodie bag!
  • Tin Roof San Diego (401 G St.) - Bring your pets to visit before or after for a tasty homemade pet-friendly treat.

Thank You to Our 2014 Sponsors and Partners:

2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Presenting Sponsor - Downtown Ace Hardware    2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Presenting Sponsor - Market Street Veterinary Clinic  

2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Venue Sponsor - Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Awards Co-Sponsor - Doozydog! Club  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade Awards Sponsor - San Diego Humane Society and SPCA  Downtown San Diego Partnership  San Diego Pets Magazine  

2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - CaliDogz  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - California Canine  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Camp Bow Wow  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - CanvasPet.com  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - EQyss Grooming Products  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Furlocity    2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Hairy & Merry  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Co-Sponsors - Laughing Pony Rescue, Inc. & Bling It Here!  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - PetBox  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Rosie's Barkery  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Shopdog Studios  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Spawtlight Dog Salon & Spa  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - The Honest Kitchen  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Unleashed by Petco    2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Bark Bling

2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - Max 105.7 FM    2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Media Partner - Magic 92.5  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Pet Expo Sponsor - 100.7 Jack FM  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Media Partner - 760 AM  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Media Partner - San Diego CityBeat  2014 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade - Media Partner - Yelp.com

 

Directions & Parking

Just want to watch the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic? 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. For those driving to the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic, enter the address for the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101) in your GPS Maps app. 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.

CLICK HERE to view the Parade Map.

2014 Pet Parade Costume Contest Award Winners 

Our judges had a very difficult time selecting the 2014 winners - there were so many stellar costumes to choose from. But choose they did, and we are proud to announce the winners of our 2014 costume contests! We look forward to see how everyone ups the ante at our 2015 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic.

Winner of Best Costume Made Out of Duct Tape presented by Downtown Ace Hardware:
Jackie Silva and Sammie the Maltipoo

Winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater: 
Scott Bowen and Luca the Cocker Spaniel

Winner of Cutest Critter: 
Ronit Kugelmass and Pia the Yorkie

Winner of Best Pet Costume:
Tiffany Thater and Zoila the Pomeranian

Winner of Best Pet Costume (non-canine): 
Peter Miller-Keys and Kendra II the Pedigreed Somali Cat

Winner of Best Pet Holiday Costume:
Jennifer and Corey Dobbs and Ferra and Ozzie

Winner of Best Costumed Duo:
Elle North Toyer and Kindle 

Winner of Best Costumed Group:
Jan Savage and Sir Ruffles von Vicious

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:
Heather and Lori Signs with Muttley Cyrus and Rambo as Canine Candyland

 


 

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