Redwood City teacher masterminds annual pet parade 

Jeri Joseph-Hover, a teacher at Hoover Elementary School in Redwood City, started the Redwood City annual Pet Parade 10 years ago. This year, it will be held Saturday at the Courthouse Square from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who can take part? Everyone from any community can walk in the parade. All types of foot-powered pets can take part, and even if you don’t have a pet, we welcome stuffed animals and teddy bears. It is free to walk in it, but $5 per contest entry. The main theme is to bring alertness to people about rescuing animals. The emphasis is on health and awareness for pets. It’s a great event for the entire family. We call it the most fun day of the year in Redwood City.

What activities will be on? There will be live music, about 80 vendors with crafts for adults and children, veterinarians, boutiques for all types of animals, pony rides, a petting zoo, and photographers to take photos of owners and pets. The Skye dogs, who are all rescue dogs and who perform during the intervals of Warriors and 49ers games, will be doing a performance.

What are the contest categories? Best costume, best owner and pet lookalike, most unusual pet, and best trick. This year, the crowd is going to pick the winners with a grand prize of $100 for the overall winner.

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