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
Call to the Archway!
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic begins
|3:45ish pm||Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic returns to Hilton Gaslamp Park|
Awards Ceremony presented by the San Diego Humane Society and Doozydog! Club begins on the patio of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Pet Expo closes
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!
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.
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:
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.
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”
Media Coverage of the 2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware: