More than 2,500 people turned out for the 16th annual Burlingame Pet Parade on September 28, 2019, which featured three bands, costume and float contests, and lots of smiling people accompanied by pets in hilarious costumes.
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The parade marshal, 13-year-old Dusty the Klepto Kitty, wore black-and-white prison stripes as he rode in a classic red Thunderbird convertible chauffeured by Don Hamblin of Burlingame Auto Body, along with his owners, Jean Chu of San Mateo. Dusty rose to national fame for his habit of pilfering at least 1,000 items from neighbors at night.
Neha Bandrapalli carried the American flag at the front of the parade, followed by tots from UMC Nursery School of Burlingame carrying colorful balloons.
Music was provided by the South San Francisco High School Marching Band and Color Guard, the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band and the San Mateo Elks Concert Band. Art Attack, the Burlingame Youth Advisory Commission, the Peninsula Health Care District Youth Advisory Group and
the Burlingame Parents Club offered free animal-themed art projects for children.
Grand Prize: The top prize went to “Jurassic Pets,” featuring many plastic dinosaurs and Milo, a 1-year-old Northern Blue-Tongued skink owned by Valeria Acosta, 13, of Burlingame. Milo also won the Most Unusual Pet category.
Best Dressed Pet: Top honors in this category went to Dirt McGurt, a 5-year-old Newfoundland-poodle mix decked out as a pirate. He is owned by Kennedy and Jeff Orange of Burlingame.
Bet Pet Trick: Winston, a 1-year-old Papillon mix wearing a Harley-Davidson motorcycle jacket, won this category after performing numerous tricks on command. He belongs to JoAnn Dixon of Redwood City.
Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category): Pebbles, an 8-year-old Chihuahua, and owner Olivia Carvallo, 18, of Burlingame won this category with a shower theme.
Best School Float: UMC Nursery School in Burlingame won top honors for “Out in Space,” a float dominated by a giant silver rocket ship with dogs dressed as Buzz Lightyear, an astronaut and an alien.
Second place went to McKinley School of Burlingame for a “Doggie Disco” entry promoting the school’s Harvest Festival and Haunted Mansion on October 18-19, and third place was awarded to Roosevelt School of Burlingame for chili-themed float supporting the school’s Chili Cookoff on October 13. It included a student dressed as a chili who did cartwheels.