Pup Friendly Parades/Events
By Camp Bow Wow
Fiesta – San Antonio’s biggest party. After two years of cancelled or diminished revelry, we’re once again ready to celebrate. Consider one of Fiesta’s pet-friendly events. You don’t want your furry family member to miss out on all the fun.
Well-behaved pups are welcome at many official Fiesta runs and walks. Try the Fiesta Especial Inclusion 5K and parade in Windcrest or Our Lady of the Lake’s Confetti Run. The King William Fair, the Fiesta King’s Cup Polo Party in Schertz and the Earth Day Celebration at Woodlawn Lake are also billed as pet friendly. Fiesta even has its own canine royalty – El Rey Fido and King Anbarkio.
The King William Fair goes out of its way to welcome canine companions. In addition to the parade, there’s a doggy fashion show, rescue agencies with pups available for adoption, and vendors of dog related products. A first aid station just for pups will offer complimentary water and waste bags as well as a spot for Fido to rest should he become overtired or overheated.
If you are looking for an event designed with pups and their pet parents in mind, look no further than the Pooch Parade. The event is organized by and benefits Therapy Animals of San Antonio. This year’s 22nd annual event will be held at the Alamo Heights Swimming pool on April 9. The costume contest begins at 8 a.m., followed by the 4K parade at 9:15.
Humans and pups alike participate in costume contests or marvel at the creativity of others. Categories include Best in Show, Most Creative, Best Fiesta Flair, Best Matched Human and Animal, Top Dog and Most Patriotic. Take photos in the “selfie booth,” watch retriever agility demonstrations, try an interactive training course and visit booths to pick up dog-related products and information.
You can purchase tickets to walk the parade route with your pup or ride a float cheered on by sightseers. There’s even a short-cut for those who might not be able to make the entire course. Water stops and treat stations are available along the way.
Before you trot Fido to any festivities, make sure he’s on a leash, is current on his vaccinations, minds you and is able to socialize well with others. These events will draw crowds and include many other dogs and children with various degrees of self-control. Don’t let a poor mannered pooch rain on the parade. Your well behaved, friendly pup will delight festival goers and pet lovers of all ages.