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PET PARADE! Downtown Bend, Friday, July 4th

We will meet at 9:30 AM near the School Administration Building at 520 NW Wall Street.  For those of us who wish to walk together as a group, at 9:15 AM, I will wait on the school building lawn under the big tree closest to Bond.  My dog Bella Blue will be wearing a bright pink harness.  I will also wear bright pink to make us easy to find. (photo of Bella and me below taken in January. I will not wear a jacket on July 4!)  At 9:30 AM we can walk over to the line-up area for the parade.  I was told by a rep of Parks and Recreation that there are line-ups for big dogs and little dogs; no middle sized dog or mixed group lines are posted.  We are advised to line-up with the big dogs since we are a mixed group.  The parade starts at 10 AM sharp.  Afterward, the Old Fashioned July 4 Festival in Drake Park is an option for extending the celebration.  Festival hours are 11 AM to 4 PM.  Temperatures are predicted to be 66 degrees at 9 AM, 74 degrees at 11 AM, and 78 degrees at noon; high temp for July 4 is predicted to be 84 degrees at 2 PM (Weather Underground, Westside Bend, Oregon).  Please bring water for your dog(s)!  Let's stay cool and have a great time!

First mention of Bend's Pet Parade was in 1932.  Since 1949 Bend Park and Recreation has organized and produced the Pet Parade, Bend's largest parade.

Please take a moment to read more about the Pet Parade.  From Bend Parks and Recreation.  Reprinted with permission:

Parade Participants:

Kids of all ages are invited to participate. Come dressed in costume with your pet or stuffed animal on pulled wagons, floats, bikes or trikes.

Kids will receive a keepsake and popsicle.

No registration necessary. Lineup is downtown on Wall Street next to the School Administration building.

Pet must be leashed - you are responsible for your pet. No rabbits, cats or aggressive dogs.

Please do not give away animals.

No solicitation, commercial floats, banners, motorized vehicles, motorcycles or distribution on anything to spectators.

Parade Schedule, Lineup & Route: 
The decorating party and lineup begins at 9:30 am on Wall Street in front of the Bend Lapine School Dist. Admin Building at 520 NW Wall Street.  Horses and other large animals, please line up at Wall Street and Idaho by the Boys & Girls Club. Equestrians - please wear your helmet.  The parade begins at 10:00 am, sharp!

Downtown road closures take place from 9:00 am - 11:30 am. Please use alternative transportation if possible. If you need to drive, parking is available in the parking garage on Lava Street. There will also be a free Bike Valet area in Drake Park near the permanent restrooms.

Download Pet Parade map and flyer (PDF)

For more details or accessibility information, call Bend Park & Recreation District at (541) 389-7275.

Tips for Pet Safety in Warm Temperatures 
at 4th of July Pet Parade

While tradition calls for fun at the 4th of July Pet Parade, the Bend weather forecast is for a high of 87 degrees on the holiday. As parade host, Bend Park & Recreation District wants parade participants’ pets to remain healthy and safe in the warm temperature.

“Warm weather can bring a danger to our pets that we do not always consider. Heat strokes are a sad but common occurrence here in Central Oregon where we have numerous days above 90 degrees,” said Dr. Chad Moles, DVM, of Animal Emergency Center of Central Oregon in Bend.

“Dogs’ main cooling mechanism is through respiration or panting and they do not handle heat as well as humans do. Inadequate shade/cover and/or hydration on a hot day can put even the healthiest pet at risk for overheating,” said Dr. Moles.

Tips for keeping your pet comfortable at the Pet Parade include:

Before and after the parade, find a cool, shaded place to rest.

Do not arrive too early: staging begins at 9:30 am; the parade starts at 10:00 am.

Provide plenty of fresh water, available at parade staging area and en route – just look for the orange flags. Bring a water bottle for you and your pet as well.

Allow dogs to cool off in the water pools at the staging area.

Keep an eye on your pet’s foot pads for overheating or soreness.

Do not leave your pet in the car, not even for a minute.

Learn to recognize the signs of heat stroke: Faster, heavier panting; excessive thirst and/or drooling with hanging strands of saliva; increased pulse/ heartbeat; barking, whining or signs of agitation; dark-colored gums or tongue; glassy eyes; elevated body temperature and staggering, weakness, collapse, seizures and/or unconsciousness.

Dr. Moles warns that obese and long-haired animals hold a greater risk to heat stroke due to added insulation. He also notes that heat strokes can commonly occur in brachycephalic dog breeds (ie. Pugs, Bulldogs, boxers, etc.) as their pug-noses offer a less efficient respiratory and cooling mechanism.

If you think your pet will be challenged by warm temperatures at the parade, BPRD and Dr. Moles encourage you to leave your pet at home and possibly bring a stuffed animal instead.


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  • Marlena

    What a fun and popular event! So many dogs of all shapes and size. I really enjoyed seeing the different breeds. And, amazingly, I did not personally witness any altercations at all! Wow! The children were a joy to watch too!

    2 · July 5, 2014

  • Martha N.

    What a fantastic day.

    1 · July 4, 2014

  • Mylum O.

    Sorry I couldn't come! I got a toothache that won't let me sleep! I will see the dentist on Monday!

    July 4, 2014

  • Marlena

    Golly gee! We have quite a group signed up for the Pet Parade! Be sure to bring water for your dog companions. For those of you who want to meet other members attending and try to walk the parade together, meet me at the big tree on the lawn of the brick School Administration Building at 9:15 AM. Message me on this site if you need my mobile number for text or voicemail.

    2 · July 3, 2014

  • Julie

    Due to the heat, I am going to the dog park at Old Mill at 9:15 to let my dogs swim before heading over to the parade.

    1 · July 2, 2014

    • Marlena

      A wet dog is a cool dog! Great idea!

      July 2, 2014

  • Susan B. R.

    Hi-wow how fast time passes. Im looking forward to doing the parade with my friends from BCF. I will have 3 dogs in tow if anyone wants a dog to walk, I would love to help- 4 of us girls, Susie, Suzy, Emma and Fanny as of today....Yikes.

    June 23, 2014

    • Mylum O.

      Trying to decide if I want to go LOL I got no costumes for Maya. Be lame if I just show up with nothing to show! LOL

      June 23, 2014

    • Marlena

      Mylum, Don't worry about wearing a costume. Most people just come as themselves. Almost everyone wears something red, white, or blue or all three colors. Bella and I will probably wear bright pink!

      June 23, 2014

  • Martha N.

    I will be there with the Fences for Fido pack. We will also have a booth at Drake Park with dog houses for kids to paint and info on our group. Hope to see you all there!

    2 · June 3, 2014

  • Camden S.

    Our family will likely walk in the parade. My nearly 3yo loved it last year.

    April 25, 2014

  • Sally M.

    I'll be there with DogPAC on the PR and poop patrol! Just a caution - this event is very crowded and can be hot. The crowds can be very stressful for many animals. Walking the route last year we saw lots of stress behaviors in dogs; consider carefully whether this truly will be a fun event for your pooch. You can always volunteer in another capacity and still enjoy the parade.

    March 20, 2014

    • Marlena

      Hello Sally! Just below the map of downtown above are "Tips for Pet Safety in Warm Temperatures". For those of us who are walking the parade route with our dogs, I will carry extra water, a collapsible drinking bowl, and extra poop bags. If a dog begins to show signs of heat stress, the owner is encouraged to find a place for their pooch to cool off. As a group we can support each other! For dogs and humans who enjoy the sights, laughter, and fun of Bend's annual Pet Parade (a tradition since 1932) we can have a great experience as well as make sure our pets comfortable and having fun too.

      1 · March 20, 2014

  • Mark D.

    Looks like a great event for our canine friends. Thanks, Marlena, for hosting this event!

    1 · March 11, 2014

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