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May 22, 2024

La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: Pawing its Way to Chicagoland


Author: Kristin Skelton
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Calling all animal lovers in La Grange and surrounding areas of Chicagoland! The highly anticipated La Grange Pet Parade is back for another year of tail wags, playful barks, and heartwarming moments. Mark your calendars for Saturday, June 1st, 2024 at 9:30 am because the La Grange 2024 Pet Parade is Pawing its Way to Chicagoland!

The La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: History

For over 70 years, the La Grange Pet Parade has been a cornerstone event, kicking off the summer season and celebrating the unique bond between humans and their pets. It’s a sight to behold – a vibrant spectacle of costumed canines, proud felines, and all sorts of creatures great and small parading down the street, cheered on by a supportive community.

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The original Floofins at the 2023
La Grange Pet Parade

According to the event website, “The La Grange Pet Parade began in 1947 by the La Grange Chamber of Commerce, whose president was Ed Breen of Breen’s Cleaners, intending to bring the community together around the idea of a pet and child costume contest parading down the main street of the village.”

Today, the parade costs almost $100k to execute and attracts thousands of participants and spectators annually.

The La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: Community

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Representing Floofins & Co. in 2023

The La Grange Pet Parade is more than just a march down the street. It’s a vibrant community event that brings people from all walks of life together. You’ll see families with their four-legged companions, decked out in their finest parade attire. Local businesses and nonprofits participate, with employees, volunteers, and pets representing their mission. The parade, which begins at Cossitt Avenue and La Grange Road, is a melting pot of creativity, laughter, and pure joy as the love for pets transcends age, background, and species.

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect:

  • Diversity: From the tiniest teacup poodles to the majestic Great Danes, the parade welcomes pets of all kinds, sizes, and ages. Expect a delightful mix of furry friends – playful pups, dignified felines, chirpy birds, and even the occasional reptile or amphibian.
  • Creativity: Get ready to be amazed by the creativity! Many participants go all-out, dressing their pets in adorable costumes that reflect everything from superheroes to movie characters. It’s a visual treat that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
  • Community: The La Grange Pet Parade is a community event. Local organizations come out to show their support, spectators cheer on the participants, and everyone enjoys a genuine sense of camaraderie.

The La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: Participation

If you’d like to be part of the La Grange Pet Parade fun, consider the following ideas and get involved:

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  • Dress up your pet according to a fun theme: Transform your pup into a superhero and your feline friend into a majestic lion.
  • Decorate a pet stroller or wagon: Create a miniature float that reflects your pet’s personality or interests. Think sparkly unicorns, roaring dinosaurs, or comfy camping scenes.
  • Coordinate your outfit with your pet’s costume: Take the teamwork to a whole new level by sporting matching outfits. You and your pooch can be pirates together, or channel your inner springtime vibes with floral-themed ensembles. Pet and owner costume contest entries can be submitted here.
  • Volunteer Your Time: The parade’s success relies on the dedication of volunteers. If you’d like to lend a helping hand, contact the organizers through the village website.
  • Delight as a Spectator: Even if you don’t have a pet, you can still be part of the excitement! Grab a lawn chair, find a spot along the parade route, and cheer on the families of participants.

Note that applications for pet participation are still open while sponsorship and other types of registrations are now closed.

The La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: Entertainment

The La Grange Pet Parade is more than just a fun community event. It’s a celebration of the unconditional love and companionship that pets bring to our lives. It’s a reminder of the importance of responsible pet ownership and giving back to organizations that support the human-animal bond.

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In addition to soaking up the cuteness during this year’s event, make sure you try BuckleDown Brewing’s Pet Parade Pilsner. A portion of the sales of this pilsner goes back to the Pet Parade. And, participate in the event’s popular raffle for a chance to win prizes including a diamond paw pendant necklace from Mary Me Jewelry and more.

The parade route can be found here; grab a chair and a pilsner and enjoy the show!

The La Grange 2024 Pet Parade: Fundraising

This year’s parade promises to be even more special as it partners with Chicago-based K9s for Veterans, a worthy organization dedicated to pairing veterans with service dogs. The event serves not only as a celebration of pets but also as an opportunity to raise awareness about the positive impact these animals can have on veterans’ lives. This amazing organization trains service dogs for veterans with PTSD and other ailments. Learn more here.

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So, whether you’re a seasoned pet parade attendee or a curious first-timer, mark your calendars for the La Grange 2024 Pet Parade. It promises to be a morning filled with joy, laughter, and furry fun for the whole family.

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Priscilla and Portia at the La Grange Pet Parade in 2023 – Look for new and improved signage in 2024!

Keep an eye out because Floofins & Co. will be at the parade as a parade entry. Four of our team members will be handing out poop bag rolls and I will be pushing a WonderWagon with that original Floofins in tow. Priscilla and Portia love the La Grange Pet Parade!

If you are new to Floofins & Co. and interested in our dog walking and pet sitting services, please fill out our contact form. Once received, we will be in touch to further discuss your interest. You may also give us a call at 630-478-8915 or drop us a line at info@floofinsandco.com. We are happy to discuss our services from Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM to 5 PM. Learn more about our new client onboarding process here.

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