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Pet Parade


Pets of all shapes and sizes parade through the Sandy Springs Festival on Saturday morning, sporting creative and crazy costumes. A Festival tradition since 1987, the Pet Parade is free to enter and prizes are awarded in a variety of categories!

Day-of Registration is available Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Festival Main Stage. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with awards and prizes following at 11:00 a.m.  

2017 Categories:

  • Most Unusual Pet
  • Coolest Trick
  • Owner/Pet Lookalike
  • Celebrity Impersonator
  • Best of Show
  • People’s Choice

Saturday, September 23, 2017

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM  – Day Of Registration

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Parade

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM  – Awards


The 2017 Pet Parade at the Sandy Springs Festival was presented by Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, in partnership with Heritage Sandy Springs.

Angels Among Us Pet Rescue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to saving dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia. They operate through a network of volunteers and foster homes in the metro Atlanta area. Their efforts are funded by contributions from compassionate people and organizations who care and want to help make a difference… one pet at a time. Learn more at angelsrescue.org, and be sure to check out all the dogs and cats available for adoption!

The grand marshal of the 2017 Pet Parade was Rikki Klaus, news reporter from WSB-TV, and friend of animals everywhere!

Atlanta Pet Life Magazine was the proud media sponsor of the 2017 Pet Parade at the Sandy Springs Festival. Our emcee is Kathi Welch, with Lucy and Holly, from the Atlanta Girlz Club.

Judges include LuAnn Farrell (co-founder of Angels Among Us Pet Rescue), Sheepish Addie (a one-year-old sheepadoodle living in Sandy Springs, who is a social media star), and Diane Geyer (owner of Lucky’s Burger & Brew) with her golden retriever, Lucky.

Thank you to the following businesses for donating prizes: Chattahoochee Animal ClinicLucky’s Burgers & Brew, Joey D’s Oak RoomTenasity Dog TrainingDog City Bakery, Fido Fido, The Downtown PoochTrusted Friend Animal ClinicAtlanta Pet Life Magazine, Perk n Pooch, and Enhance Floors & More.

Interested in sponsoring or donating? Contact Jackie@angelsrescue.org.

Click here for more information on free parking at the Sandy Springs Festival.