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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!



The first 50 online registrants are guaranteed to receive a goody bag! Day-of Registration will be 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

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 is 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!

Hugging DogsThe grand marshals of the 2016 Pet Parade were none other than international media sensations “The Hugging Dogs”. Kala and Keira were just hours away from being euthanized when Angels Among Us put out a plea on Facebook in order to save their lives.

The photo of the pair “hugging” went viral on social media, and they were on their way to a foster home in just over two hours. Angels Among Us worked alongside the Etowah Valley Humane Society to rescue Kala and Keira and, one year later, these girls are happy and healthy in their forever home.

Stay tuned for an announcement about the 2017 grand marshals!

Atlanta Pet Life Magazine was the proud media sponsor of the 2016 Pet Parade at the Sandy Springs Festival.

Thank you to the following businesses for donating prizes in 2016: BluePearl Veterinary PartnersPuppy Haven Brookhaven, Puppy Haven RoswellChattahoochee Animal ClinicCibo e BeveDog City Bakery, Dunwoody Restaurant Group, Georgia Pooch, Lucky’s Burgers & Brew, Joey D’s Oak RoomNature’s Logic, Pet Paradise Resort AtlantaTenasity Dog TrainingBark Fifth AvenueBarktown and SudsTrusted Friend Animal ClinicBelle Isle Animal Hospital, and Red Bandanna.

Interested in sponsoring or donating in 2017? Contact Jackie@angelsrescue.org.