San Diego’s furriest festive parade returns to Downtown as the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware takes over the streets of the Gaslamp Quarter on Sunday, December 8, 2013. 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 are now open, at just $15 per pet-and-pet-handler duo, $20 on the day of. Day of registration beginning 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
Call to the Archway!
Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware begins
|3:45ish pm||Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade presented by Downtown Ace Hardware returns to Hilton Gaslamp Park|
Awards Ceremony presented by the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA begins on the patio of the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Pet Expo closes
These are some of our fantastic partners that will be featured at the Pet Expo:
Downtown Ace Hardware
Pet and family holiday photos courtesy of Downtown Ace Hardware and All Star Imaging
Unleashed by Petco
Morena Pet Hospital
San Diego Humane Society & SPCA
Spawtlight Dog Salon & Spa
The Honest Kitchen
Fifty Shades of Blue
SIT MEANS SIT Dog Training
Traci's Paws, Inc.
Kaleo Marketing LLC
Hills Ideal Balance
Fetchlight Pet Lifestyle Photography
Dr. Boyd's Pet Resort
Wyndham Vacation Resorts
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)
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:
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.
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.
Special thanks to our 2013 Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade sponsors and partners:
Winner of Best Original Costume Made Out of Duct Tape:
Bob Moyer’s Stella (Lab/Hound Mix)
Winner of Ugliest Christmas Sweater:
Debby Steele’s Ivan (Miniature Dachshund)
Winner of Cutest Critter:
Tiffiney Welles’ Lunchbox (French Bulldog)
Winner of Best Pet Holiday Costume:
Tommy Marino’s Queen Mz. Halle (Great Dane)
Winner of Best Costumed Group:
Justin Peverley, Shalara & Kitty (Great Dane) (aka Kitty’s Shark Attack)
Winner of Best Costumed Duo:
Noel Wenger & Jiggy (Chihuahua) (aka Grinch & Max)
Winner of Best Pet Costume:
Catherine Fisher’s Belmont (Domestic Short Hair Cat)
Winner of Best Canine Costume:
Michael Quidort’s Sussie (Alaskan Malamute) (aka Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing)
Winner of Best of Show:
Linda Sukay’s Leo (the Driving Pomeranian)