Pets and their owners are invited to dress up for the Canada Day pet parade in Harrison Hot Springs. (Tourism Harrison)

CANADA DAY: Pet Parade returns to Harrison

The annual event sees between 30 and 40 participants of all species

This Canada Day, it won’t just be the people who get to enjoy the patriotic festivities.

Harrison Hot Springs is holding its sixth annual Pet Parade, which will see pets and their people walk down the waterfront on leashes, in wagons and sometimes even in baby strollers.

“It’s a super cute little addition to our Canada Day celebration, so we love to have it,” Stephanie Gallamore, event coordinator for Tourism Harrison, said.

Each year, the parade sees between 30 and 40 participants of all different species sign up to parade down the promenade. Although dogs are common, the parade has also seen cats on leashes, rabbits, guinea pigs and even a snail.

Each participant will receive a certificate, but the best-dressed pets will also receive medals courtesy of the event judges.

“This year the theme is most Canadian, or kind of what Canadian means to you,” Gallamore said. “So that could be your favourite hockey team, flannel, Canadian flags. You don’t have to be in costume, but it is encouraged.”

Registration for the parade begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 1 at St. Alice Hall. The parade itself begins at 10:30 a.m., with participants walking along the pathway from St. Alice Hall to the civic plaza.

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Pets of all species are invited out to the Harrison pet parade. Last year saw a snail, and even a cat with a little sombrero walking on a leash. (Tourism Harrison)

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