Living Green Olympia: Olympia Pet Parade - Even a Flying Monkey!!

Olympia Pet Parade - Even a Flying Monkey!!

Olympia Pet Parade

Olympia's annual pet parade was this morning and the downtown streets were alive with kids in costumes, dogs in costumes, decorated bikes/trikes/wagons, cats in cages (not looking happy), a hamster running on his wheel in his cage - even the Olympia Highlanders bagpipe band! 

Note the very patient dog above in the clown hat!!

Olympia Pet Parade



There were lots of creative themes from Wizard of Oz...  Oh I guess it is Wizard of Ozzy...

Olympia Pet Parade


More long-suffering dogs patiently wearing their skirts, hats etc ...


Olympia Pet Parade

to maybe my favorite Wizard of Oz entry complete with wicked witch and flying monkey!!


Olympia Pet Parade

a "giraffe wagon""...


Olympia Pet Parade

Even a dragon with a knight and princess...


Olympia Pet Parade

And another favorite - "When good dogs go bad" and a little doggie jail on the wagon!  (Probably got tired of wearing skirts & hats patiently!!)

My three year old granddaughter just wanted to watch the parade this year - but announced at the end that next year she will go IN the parade and she will be a dinosaur....a SCARY dinosaur!!  Can't wait!




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Comment balloon 24 commentsNancy Conner • August 21 2010 05:14PM


What a fun event.......and you got to go with your granddaughter.  Even better!  o)

Posted by Ann Allen Hoover, CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL (RE/MAX Advantage South) over 8 years ago

Yes, Ann - it was a blast!  Hard to say who enjoys it more - the kids or the parents and grandparents - but it is a really fun Olympia tradition.  This was the 81st annual pet parade!  I told my granddaughter that her daddy was in the parade when he was little - dressed up in a Joe Montana football uniform and won a stuffed animal!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Nancy, I am like Jay Leno. It's hard to imagine an animal in an outfit.

Posted by Ted Tyndall, I will help You find the Home YOU want to Buy (Davidson Realty Inc.) over 8 years ago

How cute! Hope it wasn't too hot outside. I love to dress up my dog but she always looks like a diva somehow! LOL 

Posted by Lizette Fitzpatrick, Lizette Realty, Lexington KY MLS - Kentucky Homes (Lizette Realty - Richmond KY) over 8 years ago

What a fun event!  Sounds like everyone has a good time.  Thanks for the pix!

Posted by Nancy Timberlake, REALTOR - Southern Maine (RE/MAX Shoreline) over 8 years ago

This post makes us want to come and live in your town!  What good fun!  Shared with your family and full of memories.  Just lovely!  I look forward to next year and seeing photos of you with your Grand Daughter.  Maybe, you could be dressed as a house?  You can see that I love this stuff!

Posted by Frances C. Rokicki, Broker-Mentor,CRS (Fran Rokicki Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Very cool, I wonder who thought this up

Posted by Jane Becker, CRS,ASP,ABR,CBR,CDPE,LMC,E-PRO,GRI (Keller Williams Home Team AdvantEdge ) over 8 years ago

When I lived in Birmingham Alabama we had a great event like this, called Do-Dah Days. It was ever so much fun. You know, that would be a great event to launch and sponsor! Hmmmm....

Posted by Vickie Nagy, Vickie Jean the Palm Springs Condo Queen (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Priceless.  We have a huge neighborhood Halloween parade that is equally inventive.


Posted by Michael Bergin, Northern Virginia Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - ABR - SRES ) over 8 years ago

very very cute

what a nice post

perfect for a smile today


Posted by Vince McEveety (Gilleran Griffin Realty) over 8 years ago

This is a great local post, it looks like a great event seeing so many people come together.

Posted by Morgan Evans, LICENSED REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Oh MY! It looked like great fun for all! I love the puppy dog jail! Very cute, thanks for sharing!

Posted by Paige Walker, Real Estate Guru - Alexandria Pineville LA (Paige Walker) over 8 years ago

That's great.  Tarrytown has a pet parade every year as well .  It's very, very popular.

Posted by Ruthmarie Hicks (Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605) over 8 years ago

Hi Nancy -- How fun is that?  We have an annual parade in our little town and it brings back memories of parades I attended as a child -- it's so fun to watch the expression of kids -- and dogs! :)

Posted by Chris Olsen, Broker Owner Cleveland Ohio Real Estate (Olsen Ziegler Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Ted - well some of the animals didn't look all that thrilled to be in outfits :)

Lizette, we really lucked out on weather since last weekend it would have been too hot to enjoy.  Today was only around 70 at parade time and sunny - just perfect parade weather for those kids in costumes and for the animals too.

Nancy, it was a really fun event - and looked like the kids and parents in the parade were enjoying the fun as much as those of us along the sidewalk watching.

Hahaha Frances - I really love it too - my granddaughter gives me the excuse I need!!  And maybe you better at least come visit our town!!

Hi Jane - you know I couldn't find much info about the origins of the parade - but know that this was the 81st year of it!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Nancy, I loved your post. It's so nice to see annual parades and events held in other towns. Best way keep a town feeling like a community! I am hoping to bring back the Fourth of July parade in my hometown. It was so much fun and I'm not sure why it faded away. I admire Olympia for keeping this tradition going!

Posted by Nina Rogoff, Sells Real Estate! (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Vickie - do it, do it!  You could start your own pet parade - what a cool thing to sponsor in your community!!

Hi Michael - this does definitely have elements of a Halloween parade, though lots more animals!  I forgot to mention there was even a baby goat this year.

You're welcome Vince - made me smile too :)

Thanks Morgan - I just love that we do have so many community events like this in the Olympia area - Sand in the City is coming up next with sand sculptures - watch for my blog on that!

Hi Paige - I loved the doggy jail too - a lot of people have fun with off the wall ideas for this parade.

That's great Ruthmarie - I'd love to see photos of the one in your area!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

Hi Chris!  You know I think you hit on the charm of this parade - it does remind me, too, of my own childhood when just being a kid with a dog on a summer day was enough to make me happy.

Thanks Nina - & sounds like you will revive the 4th of July parade in your town.  I think sometimes it just takes someone to want it and start the ball rolling to organize things.  Good luck - & share pictures of it when it happens!! 

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago


We have a Fourth of July parade and an annual town fair but I have not seen a pet parade. You probably have a lot of seamstress parents making these little outfits. Very cute.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 8 years ago

Nancy, looks like a great event for the kids and a good time was had by all.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

Great annual event fundraiser idea, for sure!

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) over 8 years ago

Hi Claudette - seems like our Olympia area is just really into parades - we have a Family Fun Fair one in Lacey in the spring, then the big Procession of the Species in Olympia in spring, then a 4th of July one in Tumwater, then the Lakefair festival one in Olympia, then this one - not sure if I'm forgetting any!!  LOL

Hi Michael - yes, I think the kids and adults all really enjoyed this!!  (Not sure about a few of the pets that had to wear costumes...)

Hmmmm Sea to Sky Premier Properties - hadn't thought about it as a fundraiser idea... Currently the parade is free and several local sponsors including our newspaper provide prizes in several categories.  I'm actually surprised they haven't added a suggested donation to the Food Bank maybe as that occurs with some other free events.

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago

That looks like a fun event! You'll have to share the SCARY dinosaur picture next year.

Posted by Michelle Rottach, Scott County Iowa Real Estate (RE/MAX Elite Homes) over 8 years ago

Hi Michelle - I will definitely share pictures of next year's event - but knowing the changing whims of a 3 year old, she may decide to be something entirely different by next summer!!

Posted by Nancy Conner, Olympia/Thurston County WA over 8 years ago