Tis the sea­son

Ches. City wel­comes Santa with hol­i­day pet pa­rade

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

– 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

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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

Santa and the Elves on horse won the prize for best hol­i­day spirit in the an­nual hol­i­day pet pa­rade on Satur­day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHO­TOS BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

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.

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