The La Grange Pet Parade began in 1947 by a group of local business owners, headed by Ed Breen of Breen’s Cleaners, intending to bring the community together around the idea of a pet and child costume contest parading down the main street of the village. The parade grew to include entries from local schools, businesses and non-profit groups, but was still always planned by local business owners. Throughout the 1970’s through the 1990’s, the WGN Television Network televised the parade. Since then, LTTV has filmed and broadcast the event on local access cable.
The parade walks through downtown La Grange stepping off at 9:30am and is a route of approximately 1.5 miles. Along the parade route, there are four (4) street announcing stations.
About the Non-Profit:
Starting in 1999, a non-profit with Board of Directors was set up to help fund this beloved community event. The Non-Profit was originally called Pets & Pals Charities but was changed to Pet Parade Charities in 2016. This non-profit raises funds to offset the costs of paid entertainment acts, sound systems during the parade and to hire a part-time employee to keep track of parade logistics/communication.
Pet Parade Charities gives back by giving grants to area pet non-profits and hiring many acts that are themselves non-profits to entertain the crowds, such as the Jesse White Tumblers, South Shore Drill Team and Shriners groups. Even payments to team mascots such as Tommy Hawk of the Blackhawks are raised for the Blackhawks Foundation that gives to Chicagoland families.
Please continue to support Pet Parade Charities to ensure the longevity of this event.