The Kiwanis Pet Parade has been a Silverton tradition since 1932. It is one of the few parades you can just show up and participate in with no registration. Kids of all ages are welcome!
The Pet Parade was first organized in 1932 as a hometown parade to honor the memory of Bobbie the Wonder Dog, a Border Collie who had brought fame to the city when he traveled home to Silverton after being lost in Indiana. With the Great Depression in full-swing, the goal of the parade was to bring inexpensive joy to the town’s children.
The American Legion organized the Pet Parade until passing it along to the Kiwanis Club of Silverton, who found it a perfect fit for their mission of “serving the children of the world.”
Considered the longest running Pet Parade in the country, the Parade has always been held on the third Saturday in May. Children, adults and pets stroll through downtown as spectators cheer them on..
The first Grand Marshal was Bobbie’s son Pal. The first Grand Prize for “best entry” was awarded in 1932 to Miss Vades Dickerson, 5, granddaughter of Bobbie’s master.
A 2006 mural celebrates Silverton’s Annual Pet Parade, which brings kids, adults, and all kinds of animals out to the street. The shrubs around this mural add a special touch as they are shaped like animals. The mural can be viewed at: N 1st Street in Silverton.