79th Annual Pet & Doll Parade

City of Great Falls Montana

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DATE:  July 22, 2013
CONTACT: Patty Rearden, Deputy Director
Cindy Stein, Sr. Administrative Assistant
  406-771-1265


79th ANNUAL PET & DOLL PARADE “SEIZE THE FUN” THERE’S STILL TIME TO REGISTER

Parade
The 79th Annual Pet and Doll Parade will be Thursday, July 25.  The parade begins at 7:00 p.m.   The theme of this year’s parade is “Seize the Fun”.  Divisions include:  1) Pet, 2) Circus, 3) Occupational, 4) Doll, 5) Sports, 6) Cartoon, 7) Characterization, and 8) Frontier, with several categories in each division. A special thanks to Uptown Optimists who are sponsoring the Pet & Doll Parade.

Registration
Register at the Park and Recreation Office, at 1700 River Drive North, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms are also available at the Electric City Water Park, Natatorium, Jaycee and Water Tower swimming pools,  and the Community Recreation Center.  Each child will be given a tag to be worn on the day of the parade when registering.  Participation is free. 

Late registration will be held from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. the day of the parade, Thursday, July 25, in front of the Civic Center. 

Judging
Judging will begin at 6:15 p.m. in front of the Civic Center.  Originality of costume is the top criteria of judging (above purchased or rented costumes).  The parade will follow at 7:00 p.m.

Awards
Each child receives a participation ribbon, and each category in each division will be awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbon, plus special prizes. 

An area for child pick up will be designated for each division when the parade breaks at 8th Street.  Parents need to pick up their children immediately following the conclusion of the Parade.

If you’re interested in participating in the parade, plan to register soon.  Otherwise, turn out to watch the 79th Annual “Seize the Fun” Pet & Doll Parade.  For more information, contact the Park & Recreation Office at 406-771-1265.

The Natatorium Pool will close at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th, allowing staff to assist with the 79th Annual Pet & Doll Parade scheduled for that evening.  The Water Tower and Jaycee Pools, and Electric City Water Park will be open their normal hours.

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