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October 3, 2021
11:00 AM
Phillips Park
1000 Ray Moses Drive
Aurora, IL 60505
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Aurora Pooch Parade

Sunday, October 3, 2021

The dog days of summer may be officially over, but the biggest day for dogs in Aurora is right around the corner!

Registration is open for the 3rd Annual Aurora Pooch Parade, which will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 3 at Phillips Park Sunken Garden, 1000 Ray Moses Drive.  

The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Heidi, a toy poodle that won the Crowd Favorite Award at the 2nd Aurora Pooch Parade in 2019. She will be accompanied by her owner, Debi Nolte.

Participants are eligible to compete for the following awards: Crowd Favorite, Biggest Dog, Smallest Dog, Best Aurora Pride, Best Costume, Best Smile, Most Energetic, and Twinsies.

This year’s guest judges are Dr. Diana Campos, veterinarian at VCA Animal Hospital; Veronica Trujillo, owner of Hairy Beast Dog Pawlour; and Anna Payton, manager of Aurora Animal Care and Control.

The event will also feature a family-friendly DJ, exciting demonstrations by the Disc Doggers, food for sale by Dick’s Mini Donuts and Dapper Brews Coffee, and several adoptable dogs currently available at the Aurora Animal Care and Control.

Owners can register their dog online through Thursday, September 30 at  All participants must be socialized, standard-leashed, and current on all vaccinations.

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