The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo

December 10, 2017 | 401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Deck those paws with bells so jolly and jingle all the way through the Gaslamp Quarter for The San Diego Union-Tribune Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Blue Buffalo. Pet owners and their furry, feathered, and scaled companions are invited to don their favorite costumes for this jolly promenade and pet expo on Sunday, December 10, 2017, at MLK Promenade Park, adjacent to the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter (401 K Street, San Diego, CA 92101).

Entry to participate in the Pet Parade is just $15 per pet in advance, and $20 on the day of the event!

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Day-of registration and check-in will begin at 12:30pm. Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the Parade is limited and will fill up fast.

The Pet Parade steps off promptly at 3:00 pm from under the iconic Gaslamp Quarter Archway, and continues up Fifth Avenue takes a left at E street and down Fourth Avenue ending at MLK Promenade Park, where contest winners will be announced and the Pet Expo will continue!  Festively-attired critters compete for bragging rights and prizes in nine fun costume contest categories. Dogs, cats, birds, and even fish are welcome to take part in this holly-jolly good time!

As the parade wraps up, registrants can be sure to grab a goodie bag full of fun samples, toys, coupons, and other gifts for your festive fur friends at the FREE Pet Expo, open to the public from 1:00pm to 5:00pm with live music, presentations, and festive fun for all. Official viewing stations will be around the Gaslamp Quarter providing patios to view the pets on parade and specials to partake in. Participants are encouraged to register in advance as space in the parade is limited and will fill up fast!

The best vantage points for the Pet Parade are along 4th & 5th Avenues between E and K Street from 3-3:45PM (arrive early to peruse the Pet Expo and guarantee a great spot to watch the parade).

Pet Parade Costume Categories

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 on the stage immediately following the Pet Parade at MLK Promenade Park. Judges’ decision is final. Must visit the judging panel between 1:00 – 2:30PM to be considered.

1. BEST UGLY HOLIDAY SWEATER – presented by Doozydog! Club- This category is open to pets and humans alike

2. CUTEST CRITTER – Self-Explanatory- This award is given to the pet deemed most aww-inspiring at the Pet Parade

3. 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.
4. BEST PET COSTUME (NON-CANINE) – Awarded to the best all-around creative and elaborate non-canine pet costume
5. 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.
6. BEST COSTUMED DUO – Awarded to the best costumed duo, whether pet-and-pet or pet-and-pet-owner
7. 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!
8. BEST HOLIDAY DISH – The animal that dresses like something we eat on the holiday – turkey, pie, etc. especially chosen by Just Food for Dogs. 
9. BEST IN SHOW – (opportunity to be Grand Marshall 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 at next year’s 11th Annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade on Sunday, December 9th. 

Pet Expo Vendors

  1. Doozydog! Club
  2. The Marketing Arm as Agent to State Farm
  3. Turf-N Brothers
  4. City Dog & Vital Essentials
  5. Renewal by Anderson
  6. Azima’s Pet Care
  7. Police K9 Unit
  8. Paws for Purple Hearts
  9. EQyss Grooming Products
  10. Soleil Communications (Welk Resorts)
  11. California Pet Gear
  12. Earthwise Pet Supply East Village
  13. Kaleo Marketing
  14. Stanza Pet P.B.C.

Highlights from the 2015 Event

Congratulations to Our 2017 Winners

Awards sponsored by Just Food For Dogs and Helen Woodward Animal Center

Best Ugly Sweater

  • 1st Place – Greg Fenton – Sammy & Dexter – #207/#208
  • 2nd Place – Robert Lenz – Madde & Justice – #166/#167
  • 3rd Place – Joshua Garrett – Crystal – #95

Cutest Critter

  • 1st Place – Gigi Stickelman – Kai & Lil Bear – #223/#224
  • 2nd Place – Maria Nieboer – Charlie – #122
  • 3rd Place – Jennifer Whitney – Daisy & Ozzie – #88/#89

Best Pet Costume

  • 1st Place – Mero Marme – Lieutenant Dan – #132
  • 2nd Place – Catherine Woodburn – Fergus – #27
  • 3rd Place – Carlee Campbell – Churro aka Santa Jaws – #22

Best Pet Costume (non-canine)

  • 1st place – Hunter Johnson and Mikey Johnson – Mr. Mimosa (Rabbit) & Ms. Pricklepants (Hedgehog) – #70/#142
  • 2nd Place – Janetta Scates – Ricky (Pig) – #81
  • 3rd Place – Joan Miller – Gottcat’s Roxey (Cat) – #93

Best Holiday Costume Award

  • 1st Place – Alysha Hoberecht – Tzachary & Belle – #198/#199
  • 2nd Place – Angela Aguilar – Jazzy – #7
  • 3rd Place – Melanie – Bowser Marvin – #201

Best Costumed Duo

  • 1st Place – Cindy Harris – Storm & Koko – #29/#30
  • 2nd Place – Kentucky Gallahua – Derby – #212
  • 3rd Place – Ramon Deguia – Cookie – #159

Best Costumed Group

  • 1st Place – Corey Dobbs – Bran & Ferra & Ranger & Ozzie – #32-#35
  • 2nd Place – Tina Cox – Koah & Kayden – #191/#192
  • 3rd Place – Elle North – Kindle – #57

Best Holiday Dish

  • 1st Place – Ro Kugelmass – Pia – #160
  • 2nd Place – Mary Caraway – Bailey – #125
  • 3rd Place – Sonja Wicker – Moki #181

Best in Show

  • 1st Place – George Pisano – Lucy – #62
  • 2nd Place – Vicki Solano – Penny Lane – #195
  • 3rd Place – Jeanie Patten – Sparkle – #77

For more information on the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade, contact the Gaslamp Quarter Association at 619-233-5227 or

*Jolly pets welcome. No livestock allowed in parade.

2017 Photo Gallery

Pet Expo Giveaway Winners

Winners will also be informed via email. Please respond to the email to claim your prize. If you do not receive an email, please email with the email you used to sign up for the giveaway to claim your prize.

  1. $25 parking vouchers for 6th & K Parkade – Leah Valenzuela
  2. $25 parking vouchers for 6th & K Parkade – Liz Flores
  3. Family membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park & $25 gift card to Meze Greek Fusion – Asher
  4. Family membership to The Veterans Museum at Balboa Park & $25 gift card to Meze Greek Fusion – Jose Gonzalez
  5. Gift package from Broken Yolk Cafe – Robert C. Ivey Jr.
  6. $25 gift card to Meze Greek Fusion – Amber Milakovic
  7. $25 gift card to Meze Greek Fusion – Teri Womack
  8. $30 gift card to Bandar Restaurant – Veronica Loya
  9. $50 gift card to The French Gourmet – Teri Pobre
  10. $100 gift card to Union Kitchen + Tap – Lety Miranda



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