What exactly is the Tucson Subaru Pets of Pima Parade?
Exactly what it sounds like! It's a chance for people to parade the pets that they love. And the Parade isn't limited to just dogs—animals of all types and sizes can come. Spectators can enjoy the Parade and the 4-Legs on 4th Festival following the Parade.
How long is the Parade Route?
The Parade route is 1.1 miles long and is all on asphalt. It is early morning, so we don't anticipate needing booties for your pet, but that is at your discretion. There will be water stations for pets at the staging area and along the Parade route. Additionally, the parade route is a square shape so that it will be easy to drop out of the Parade at any time.
What is the TEP Cat Convoy?
We recognize that most cats aren't the best leash walkers. But we love cats, so we have created several ways for cat owners to participate. Options include:
- Walk with your cat, either with a leash, stroller, or carry.
- Ride with your cat on one of the convoy vehicles.
- Or send us your name, your cat's name, and a photo of your cat, and we'll make a PET-SICLE representation that you can carry in the Parade!
What is the Casino Del Sol Pet Pride?
We recognize that not all companion animals are cats or dogs. The Casino Del Sol Pet Pride is for these people and pets. You are welcome to participate with various pets, including pigs, goats, chickens, hamsters, guinea pigs, reptiles, birds, etc. We have to keep the Parade moving, so please consider whether your pet should be walked, carried, or pulled in a wagon. (Wagons not provided). Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate horses.
What if my dog isn't the best behaved?
Safety is the first concern. You know best your dog's demeanor around other people, dogs, and commotion. The staging area and parade route are big, so it will be possible to maintain distance from other dogs if necessary. We will have the animals separated from the music and other distractions.
Concerned it might be too much for your pup? No worries—you can walk and represent your beloved dog with a printed PET-SICLE! Just send us your name, your dog's name, and a photo of your dog, and we will print a custom PET-SICLE for you to carry in the Parade.
Can I bring multiple pets or people?
Registration is suitable for your whole household. You can bring as many of your pets as you want, but you must have at least one person per pet for safety reasons. For example, if you only have one pet, your whole family is welcome to walk them, or if you have three pets, you must have three or more family members to walk with them. Please note that each registration will only receive one parade T-Shirt, but each pet in your household will receive a Parade bandana.
When exactly does it start?
On Friday, April 22, a pre-registration session will be at a site TBD. Registration will be located at 3rd Ave & 8th Street at 7:00 am on Parade day. The Parade starts at 8:30 am on April 23, 2022. We anticipate everyone will have completed the Parade route by 10:30 am.
How do I participate with friends?
We anticipate many participants, so connecting with friends onsite could be a challenge. The best way to communicate with friends will be to set up a Team. We will give Teams will queue locations—making it easier to walk together.
Do I have to fundraise, or can I just donate the registration?
If you aren't comfortable fundraising, you are welcome to donate the entire $100 to participate. Just keep in mind that many of your friends and coworkers are likely also animal lovers and might enjoy supporting you and the pets in need. Plus, there are fabulous Central Pet prizes for raising more for you and your pet.
What prizes, you ask???
How are you handling COVID-19 concerns?
Safety is our first concern. The Parade will adhere to all the safety requirements in place at the time of the event. We are working with the City and County to ensure the safest event possible.
Can I support without walking in the Parade?
Of course! You can donate to support people and pets participating or make a general donation. Or you can just come to watch the Parade and provide encouragement for all the fantastic animals.
Where do I park?
We will post parking information as the event gets closer. Sunlink will also be running, and there are four stops along the Parade route.