Tis the season
Ches. City welcomes Santa with holiday pet parade
– Santa arrived in town Saturday aboard a wagon pulled by a pair of majestic Clydesdales from nearby Winbak Farms and amid unseasonably warm temperatures for midNovember.
His escort into town included a wide array of pets and their owners, who dressed themselves and their pets in costumes to celebrate the holiday season.
The annual pet parade, which is sponsored by the
Chesapeake City Chamber of Commerce, has become a tradition in the canal town since it began in 2005.
Natalie Gentry, president of the chamber, says the event is designed to encourage community participation, as well as to mark the official start of holiday shopping and dining at the small shops and restaurants in town.
The parade began at noon and wound itself across Fourth Street to Bohemia Avenue and ended at Pell Gardens where Gentry gave out prizes for best dressed, best holiday spirit, look-alike and Santa’s best, noting how difficult it is for the judges to pick winners among such diverse entries.
“Thank you all for coming today,” Gentry said. “I want to remind everyone that Nov. 27 at 6 p.m. we will light the town’s Christmas tree and Dec. 10 is our annual house tour with 13 stops scheduled.”
The parade entry dressed as characters from Disney’s “Frozen” movie won best dressed, while the Elves group won best holiday spirit. Jake and the Neverland Pirates won the look-alike category and Mrs. Claus and Santa Paws took home the Santa’s Best prize.
Santa and the Elves on horse won the prize for best holiday spirit in the annual holiday pet parade on Saturday.
This entry caught a lot of attention Saturday during Chesapeake City’s annual pet parade, which attracted a lot of horses this year.
Jake and the Neverland Pirates won for best ‘look alike’ Saturday.
This dog’s owner dressed him like a rain cloud for the pet parade.
Mrs. Claus and Santa Paws won one of the prizes in Saturday’s pet parade.
A classic car leads the annual Chesapeake City Pet Parade Saturday that marks the arrival of Santa Claus to town.