Kiwanis Pet Parade Exhibit at the Los Altos History Museum

May 12th through July 10th, 2022

Lina Broydo / La Oferta

Happy Birthday Beloved Pets! It’s the 75th  anniversary of the Kiwanis Pet Parade in Los Altos, and in honor of this auspicious occasion the Los Altos History Museum is celebrating this memorable historic event with an exhibit of photos and stories of pet parades through the decades. It all started in 1947, when the first Kiwanis Club Pet Parade strolled, rolled, and pranced down Main and State Streets to the delight of the community. And now the Los Altos History Museum is bringing back decades of parade memories in an exhibit titled “Kiwanis Pet Parade: Celebrating 75 Years of Community” planned for display in the gallery of the J. Gilbert Smith House.

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

“Founded before the establishment of the City of Los Altos, the parade is one of the cornerstone events for setting the tone of our local culture, which is very friendly and down-to-earth”…cont.

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