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.