La Grange Pet Parade Discourages Dog Attendance Due to Canine Influenza

The parade will continue, but organizers discourage dog owners from bringing their pooches

Some of the usual attendees of the La Grange Pet Parade will not partake in the festivities this year due to the recent outbreak of canine influenza.

The parade organizers announced Thursday that they are discouraging all dogs from participating to help stop the spread of the virus.

For dog owners who planned on bringing their pups to the event, the parade committee suggests bringing a stuffed animal or a picture to represent their dogs instead.

For extra precaution, the committee announced that shared water bowls will not be provided this year.

The La Grange Pet Parade has been a festival staple in the suburban La Grange community for 68 years. The event is sponsored by Pets and Pals Charities Ltd. and is dedicated to promoting and supporting the health and care of animals in the Chicago area.

Children and families often walk their pets in the parade and showcase them in costumes alongside marching bands, floats and clowns.

This year's parade takes place May 30. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. at Cossitt Avenue and La Grange Road.

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