Pooch and Purr on parade in Port Orchard | Dec. 1

Saturday, December 1st, whether your dog or cat is the size of a reindeer or could fit in the smallest Christmas stocking you are invited to participate in the Holiday Pet Costume Parade and Contest.

Registration is 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. at the downtown Kitsap Bank Drive-Thru, off Bay St. in Port Orchard.

Cost of registration is a non-perishable food donation for South Kitsap Helpline.  At approximately 5:15 p.m. the pets will parade down Bay St. past several judges. Pet awards and prizes will be announced at about 5:50 p.m. before the tree lighting.  Pets must be on leash, and pet owners must  be prepared to 'clean up' after your pet. Last year saw 70 pets in attendance—don’t miss the fun this year.

The Pooch & Purr on Parade is part of the 14th Annual Festival of Chimes & Lights, when the South Kitsap community ushers in the holiday season.

The event coordinated by the city of Port Orchard and a group of community volunteers, begins at noon with the 1st Annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk and ends after a Tree Lighting, the arrival of Santa and Santa photos at Waterfront Park at approximately 8pm.

In addition to the Pooch & Purr on Parade event, the festival also offers: the Jingle Bell Boutique in the PO Pavilion, wagon hay rides, local choral groups, Holiday shopping at downtown merchants, Holiday story time at the library, Port Orchard Bay Street Merchants Art walk, hot chocolate, cider and popcorn, Christmas Lane-Lighted Boats at the Marina and free movies at the Dragonfly Cinema (Polar Express), Christmas Lane Lighted Boat Contest, hay Rides, South Kitsap High School Marching Band, Santa’s arrival on a fire truck and more.

The Pooch & Purr on Parade is coordinated by the Port Orchard Chamber of Commerce. To donate prizes for the pets or for more information about the Pooch & Purr on Parade, Jingle Bell Run or the Festival of Chimes & Lights, please contact the Port Orchard Chamber at 360-876-3505 or go to or


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