Above: Promotional graphic for the Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade, on Sunday, December 9, 2012. Courtesy of Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego, CA.
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 9, 2012.
All pet owners and their furry, featured 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 Gaslamp Hilton 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 Gaslamp Hilton 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 1:00pm. Guests are encouraged to register in advance as space in the Parade is limited.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING:
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 Gaslamp Hilton Park.
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 parking at:
Westfield Horton Plaza (three hours of free parking with validation)
324 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, Google Map
Or find reasonable parking rates within walking distance to the show at the Park-It-On-Market or 6th & K Parkade parking structures:
Park-It-On-Market: 614 Market St., San Diego, CA 92101. Google Map
6th & K Parkade: 298 6th Ave., San Diego, CA 92101. Google Map