Dressed in their holiday best, San Diego canines escorted their owners on an afternoon walk Sunday through downtown streets, while admirers snapped photos in the seventh annual Gaslamp Holiday Pet Parade.
About 250 costumed doggy entrants walked, sniffed and greeted spectators lining Fourth and Fifth Avenues downtown. Other pets were transported on wagons, surf boards, strollers.
While most dogs were on their best behavior, they engaged in some barking with canine spectators and gave the cleanup crew that followed something to do.
The event started with a pet expo featuring pet products at the Hilton Gaslamp Park. The parade, presented by Downtown Ace Hardware and Market Street Veterinary Clinic, began at Fifth Avenue at L Street, and ended at Fourth Avenue and K Street.
Awards, presented by the San Diego Humane Society and Doozydog, were given in categories including Best of Show, Best Ugly Holiday Sweater, Cutest Critter, Best Pet Costume, and Best Costume Made out of Duct Tape.