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UPDATED: Pet 'N' Pup Parade takes place on a Friday evening

Zoe Greszler • Updated Sep 7, 2017 at 9:00 PM

UPDATED CLARIFICATION at 8:58 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Due to come changes, the parade route has changed. Below is the accurate route:

This year’s Pet ‘N’ Pup Parade will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, with judging beginning at 5 p.m. and the parade starting at 6. The parade will begin with the Pet’N’Pup parade judging at 5 p.m. at Norwalk First United Methodist Church. The parade will begin its march from there at 6 p.m. behind the Norwalk High School homecoming parade.

The homecoming parade will march down U.S. 250 to Whitney Field, however, the Pet’N’Pup portion of the parade will cut out at the Main Street School. There, an announcement will be made instructing the paraders to go to Suhr Park for awards, and the announcement of the Pet’N’Pup king and queen.

 

ORIGINAL POST 5:10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

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It’s a long standing tradition in Norwalk — the annual Pet ‘N’ Pup parade that brings families and their pets together for a march down Main Street.

The Pet ‘N’ Pup parade dates back at least to 1946.

“It’s nice with how long it’s been around to see how things have changed over the years as far as the attire of the children and the community when you view pictures,” said Nikki Cross, recreation director at Ernsthausen Community Center. “Since it’s such a long-standing event, it fits well with the bicentennial celebration.”

The day for this year’s event is a break in tradition, however.

Typically the event is held on a Saturday morning in September.

This year’s Pet ‘N’ Pup Parade will take place on Friday, Sept. 15, with judging beginning at 5 p.m. and the parade starting at 6. The parade will march from Main Street School to Suhr Park, where awards will be given.

To keep with the bicentennial theme, children, families and pets are encouraged to dress in 19th Century clothing “so kids can see what it would have been like to be in the parade back then,” Cross said.

This year is a special one too because it will take place in conjunction with Imagine Norwalk and the Norwalk Truckers homecoming parade, instead of a general fall festival.

“I think it will bring out more families for all of the different event that will be going on,” she said. “Some might be out for the Imagine Norwalk, or the vendors. Others will be out for the Truckers parade or the Pet ‘N’ Pup. We’re just hoping it will bring out more families.”

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