Kiwanis Pet Parade exhibition on display at History Museum

By May 10, 2022July 15th, 2022In The News

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The first Kiwanis Club Pet Parade strolled, rolled and pranced down Main and State streets in 1947. To commemorate the event’s 75th anniversary, the Los Altos History Museum is bringing back decades of parade memories in its latest exhibition, “Kiwanis Pet Parade: Celebrating 75 Years of Community,” on display in the gallery of the J. Gilbert Smith House Thursday through July 10.

The exhibition presents a dual history of the Pet Parade and the Los Altos Kiwanis Club and its accomplishments. The annual tradition predates the local branch – it began with the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View, which wanted a safe route for children and pets to walk. They settled on downtown Los Altos. The success of that first parade inspired local business leaders to form the Los Altos chapter of the Kiwanis Club.

Elisabeth Ward, the museum’s executive director, serves as the local Kiwanis Club’s president this year.

“The museum is delighted to collaborate with the Kiwanis Club of Los Altos and its long-term members, pulling on their collective wisdom of this very important tradition,” she said. “Founded before the…Cont.


Los Altos residents and their pets stroll along Main Street during the 1949 Kiwanis Pet Parade. Courtesy Los Altos History Museum