Where else but downtown Olympia during the annual Pet Parade can you see a turtle disguised as a hamburger ambling across Fifth Avenue? Or a small boy dressed up as a giant chicken and tottering to stay upright, followed by six dachshunds doing a fine interpretation of Clydesdales pulling a tiny beer truck?
The 84th annual Pet Parade is returning Aug. 17 with this year’s theme of “Fairy Tails.” Small dogs dressed as Tinkerbell promise to be abundant.
Pet Parade began in 1929 as part of a pagan festival started by a local 4-H club to precede Lakefair. Three years later, it became known as the Pet and Doll Parade.
The Olympian assumed responsibility for organizing the annual event in 1939.
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Over these 84 years — that’s 588 dog years — several generations of Olympians have paraded their pets through the city’s streets.
Grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of former Pet Paraders will participate again this year.
See you downtown a week from tomorrow.