Kiwanis Pet Parade May 18 at 10AM: Grand Marshal revealedThe Kiwanis Club of Silverton will hold the annual Pet Parade 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 18 on Main street and First street in downtown Silverton.
"Every year, we look forward to presenting this time-honored event and deeply appreciate the participation of and contributions from our city and community," said Randal Thomas, this year's Kiwanis pet parade chairman.
K-9 Officer Enzo has been chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the Pet Parade and will be marching in the parade with his handler Salem PD Officer Miranda.
Silverton Police Chief Jeff Fossholm said the honor, “shows the city’s appreciation for K-9 Enzo and Officer Miranda, the importance of mutual aid, and the sacrifice public safety members make to keep our respective communities safe.”
The City of Silverton has no K-9 program and calls upon Salem PD K-9 Enzo and Officer Miranda who respond when needed during difficult situations.
The Parade Honorary Grand Marshal is the Silverton High School Foxes "State Champion" concert choir who won their consecutive State Championship on April 30, 2019.
"The Foxes concert choir Honorary Grand Marshal offers an inspiring opportunity to honor the students, faculty, and administration of Silverton High School for their commitment to emphasize academics in the classroom, and recognize the pride and accomplishment that comes with artistic performance while imparting student intellectual development, poise and confidence," Thomas said.
Director Cole Valenzuela said the choir is excited to be named Honorary Grand Marshal. "The students will be bringing their pets and dressing them up," Valenzuela said.
The Pet Parade is one of the Silverton Kiwanis numerous service projects that benefits the community.
The parade has been a community tradition since 1932 attracting thousands of children with pets of all varieties – from snails to llamas – in wagons, on bicycles, with parents and neighbors, accompanied by representatives from local bands, schools and other community groups.
Participants lineup beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Coolidge and Apple streets (near Coolidge/McClaine Park).
The Parade starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Coolidge Street and travels along Main street to First street ending at A street.
There is no registration or fee to participate in the parade.
The public – especially children and pets – is invited to view the parade.
Kiwanis announced parade sponsors this year include Silver Creek Animal Clinic; Republic Services; and Edward Jones Investments. "Kiwanis is thankful for our community partners who come along side us to support this wonderful community tradition." Thomas said.
For more information on the pet parade, visit www.SilvertonPetParade