2023 Pets of Pima Parade supporting Friends of Pima Animal Care Center
2023 Pets of Pima Parade

About 2023 Pets of Pima Parade

Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade (POPP) is a celebration of the love between pets and humans, inviting community members from across Tucson and Pima County to show-off their cherished companions. People are invited to participate with their pets of all shapes, sizes, and species.

  • Canines and their people will walk in the Raising Cane's Procesión de los Perros.
  • Felines and their humans are welcome to walk or ride in the TEP Cat Convoy.
  • All other pet types including, pigs, goats, reptiles, birds, and pocket pets will be featured in the Pet Pride portion of the parade.
Plus, music, food, classic cars, costumed characters, entertainers, fire trucks, the 4 Legs on 4th Festival, AND so much more!
When:     Sunday, February 19, 2023. Parade starts at 10 a.m. 
Where:    Tucson's Historic 4th Avenue
Why:        Support pets and people served by Pima Animal Care Center!
Why #2:  YOU LOVE ANIMALS!! ❤️🐾
Why #3:  Have Fun!


Starts at:  February 19, 2023 11:00 AM
Ends at:  February 19, 2023 12:30 PM


Historic Fourth Avenue
Tucson,AZ USA



Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade 50/50 Raffle!

Congratulations to number 203! They have won the Tucson Subaru Pets of Parade 50/50 Raffle. Please email a pic of your winning ticket to popp@friendsofpacc.org. Please include a name and mailing address. Please claim your prize by Tuesday, March 7th. The prize is $905!

The Parade is this Sunday!

The big day is almost here! Are you ready to see hundreds of amazing pets of all types and sizes? Are you ready for music, entertainment, contests, shopping, and the bright glow of the TV cameras? Are you prepared for a day you'll likely never forget? So are we! 

Here are a few reminders for the Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade. 

There are three check-in opportunities: 
1) 2/17 4 - 6 p.m. at Tucson Subaru (4901 N Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704).
2) 2/18 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Tucson Subaru.
3) 2/19 8:30 - 10 a.m. in the Nonstop for Tucson Staging Area. (corner of 5th St & 3rd Ave., near Roskruge K-8 School)
We highly recommend the 2/17 or 2/18 check-ins. 
Check-in Hack:
  1. Ask for additional dog tags if you have kids walking with you.
  2. If you have multiple pets, ask for extra bandanas.
  3. If you ordered a Petsicle, remember to get it.

Nonstop for Tucson Staging Area: 
  1. The Parade is staging next to Roskruge K-8 School on E. 5th Street & N. 3rd Ave. 
  2. You will be assigned a Group # at check-in. Look for and wait at/near the sign with your number. 
  3. Staging/Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m. 
  4. The Parade starts at 10:00 a.m. All groups will be on the Parade route by 11:00 a.m. 
  5. This is a residential area, so please be mindful of private property. 
Staging Hack:
  1. Groups with vehicles will be on 3rd Ave. Non-vehicle participants will be on 5th St. 

  1. There are many options for parking, including Tucson High School, street parking, and a parking lot at 5th Ave and 7th St. Refer to the attached map. 
Parking Hack:
  1. Ride the StreetCar. It's free, and leashed pets are allowed to ride on the day of the Parade. 

Parade Route: 
  1. The route is 0.7 miles long. There will be occasional stoppages. 
  2. We will be releasing groups in 30-second increments. Please be mindful of keeping that distance along the route so that the TV cameras can capture each group. 
  3. Please pick up after your pets along the route. 
Parade Hack: 
  1. Along the route, there will be a photographer at the StreetCar with the Parade mural. Stop to get a group photo.
  2. Sun Link Streetcar Photo Contest: Be sure to take a pic in front of our cool Sun Link Streetcar ad/Mural on Parade day, Sunday, Feb 19. It will be near the intersection of 6th St and 4th Ave. Then share your pic on Instagram with the hashtag #POPPTucson, and be randomly selected to win two free tickets to Roadhouse Cinemas and a $50 gift card to buy dinner or drinks! The contest ends Tue, Feb 21, at 5 p.m. Winner will be DM'd via Instagram on or before Thursday, Feb 23. Good Luck!

4 Legs on 4th Festival:
Where the Parade ends, the Festival begins! Plan time to stick around for live entertainment, adoption event, FunZone, dozens of vendors, and the shops and restaurants along 4th Avenue.
  1. The program in your participant pack will have details about Festival activities. 
Festival Hack: 
  1. PACC will offer microchipping, and Tucson Federal Credit Union will make Pet Emergency contact cards. 

TV Re-broadcast:
Be sure to watch yourself on the TV re-broadcast of the Parade. 
  1. The event will air on KMSB FOX11 on 2/26 at 9:00 a.m. and 3/5 at 9:00 a.m. It will also air on KTTU MY18 on 2/26 at 2:00 p.m. and 3/5 at 2:00 p.m. (check your local listings)

Why Participate?

Because you love animals and know that pets make our lives more fun, more meaningful, and more loving. POPP is an opportunity to celebrate the animals who enrich your lives, while generating support for pets who need people to love.

Plus, who doesn’t love a parade?!? Live entertainment, games, cool cars, and thousands of adorable animals of all shapes and sizes. What could be more fun than partying with your pooch, carousing with your cat, or raging with your reptile?

Pets = Love. Parade = Love. So, we ask: Why not participate and be among the first to experience Tucson's newest tradition!

How Your Support Makes a Difference

Pets give us their unconditional love. However, not all pets have someone to love. And some pet owners need occasional help to keep their companion animal healthy and happy. Pima Animal Care Center exists to help these pets and people. Annually, PACC helps over 19,000 pets find new furever families and has the best live outcome percentage of any large public shelter in the nation. Additionally, PACC assists people who need help for their pets, preserving 1000’s of families and saving these animals from the shelter experience. Your participation in POPP celebrates the pet(s) in your life and supports the pets in all our lives.

Here's a Map with more Parade info!

Here is a map of the Parade route and more info of the difference sponsored segments. To see it on the Friends of PACC website, please click here.

Don't think your pet(s) will do well in the Parade? We got you!

We are once again making Petsicles! Want to be in the Parade but concerned your pet can’t handle the fanfare? We’ll give you a photo representation, aka a “Petsicle,” of your pet to carry in the Parade! To get your Petsicle, follow the registration instructions to submit your pet pic(s). Or once you register, forward your registration email with a high-res photo of your pet (a cellphone pic is typically ok nowadays) and your pets name to popp@friendsofpacc.org, on or before Monday, Feb 13. You can pick up your Petsicle at pre-registration, Friday, Feb 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. AND on Saturday, Feb 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Tucson Subaru on Oracle Rd., or the day of the event :)

The 4 Legs on 4th Festival

After the Parade, stay for the 4 Legs on 4th Festival, where you can enjoy music and entertainment on the Tucson Federal Credit Union Stage. Adopt a new furry companion at the HSL Properties Adoption Extravaganza, indulge in food from 4th Ave businesses, check out classic cars, meet costumed characters, and shop for pet-themed arts & crafts in our vendor's section! Remember to patronize the businesses on Fourth Ave after checking out the 4 Legs on 4th Festival following the Parade!

In addition to our sponsors, here are some of the booths you can visit:

  • Camp Bow Wow
  • C. Eaton Photography
  • Cat Custom Creations
  • Desert Dog Denim
  • DogBerry Bakery
  • Hands to Heart
  • Humana
  • Infinite Prism
  • Jen’s Unique Crafts
  • Midtown Vegan Deli
  • Pipers Barks & Craft
  • Prancing Pet Bakery
  • Renewal by Andersen
  • Rowdy Society Studios
  • Rusty Paws
  • Main Event
  • Your CBD Store
  • Dutch Bros.

Fox 11 Costume Contest!

You & your pet can be crowned the Fox11 Prince or Princess of the Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade! Could it be you?! Enter for a chance to win a $100 Gift basket from Central Pet & $100 Gift card from Bookman’s. Be featured on FoP's (Friends of PACC's) newsletter, FoP social media, and Fox11’s Facebook page. Click the link for details, https://ul.ink/1ATXP. Enter a Photo Jan 30 - Feb 5. Voting Feb 6 - Feb 14. The top 11 finalists will be notified on Feb 15 and participate in the Parade on Feb 19!

HSL Properties Adoption Extravaganza

 Looking for a new furry family member?
Come check out the HSL Properties Adoption Extravaganza where there will be shelters and rescues adopting out some lovable animals! Here is a list: 

  • Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary
  • Rescue Me Marana
  • Desert Rotti & Pals Rescue
  • Valley Humane
  • Tucson Cold Wet Noses
  • Desert Springs Equestrian Center
  • PACC Fosters

Be auto-entered into a drawing for raising just $25!

1. Register on this website between Feb 7 and Feb 13.

2. Raise or donate a minimum of $25 and be automatically entered into a drawing for a a paw-some pet-themed gift basket!

3. Winners will be emailed on the Feb 15

Sun Link Streetcar Photo Conest

📸🤳🏽😻 Be sure to take a pic in front of our cool Sun Link Streetcar ad/mural on Parade day, Sunday Feb 19th. It will be near the intersection of 6th St and 4th Ave. Then share your pic on Instagram with the hashtag, #POPPTucson, and be randomly selected to win two free tickets to Roadhouse Cinemas and a $50 gift card to buy dinner or drinks! The contest ends Tue, Feb 21 at 5 p.m. Winner will be DM'd via Instagram on or before Thursday, Feb 23rd. Good Luck!

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