Yay! Our first 4th of July in Bend! Just returned from the pet parade. Pretty awesome. You'll agree after you see the pics. But first, a little history:
- The first mention of the Pet Parade was in the Bend Bulletin dated June 30, 1932. 100 children competed for a first prize of $4, second prize of $2 and nine $1 prizes.
- Doris Grubb won first place in the first Pet Parade with her cat riding in a baby stroller. In 2005, Doris, at age 77, returned to the Pet Parade again for Bend’s 100th year anniversary.
- There were 5,000 spectators at the first recorded Pet Parade and all through the 1930's there was no less than 5,000 spectators at each parade.
- A badger won 6th place in the 1932 Pet Parade
- Parade sections had to be well planned to avert scuffles between the animals.
- In 1943, there was no formal celebration as it was World War II.
- Today’s Pet Parade features an estimated 8,000+ participants and spectators.
- It's the largest parade in Bend.
- Variety of animals are in the parade each year, from dogs, horses, llamas, gold fish, chickens and rats, to lizards, goats, bulls, cows, sheep and guinea pigs . . . to name just a few!
- The parade is a great regional draw for the community. It's goofy, off the wall and is a much-loved tradition of Bend!
Too bad cats aren't allowed in the parade. We could've dressed Yam in red, white, and blue!
|Cool bike, man.|
|I love pugs!|
|I think it's a parakeet.|
|A flying dog|