Light Up the Season, Santa Paws Parade pics

erev1205petparade03Here’s what we saw at Hayward’s holiday events this year. The good-looking shots are by staff photographers Aric Crabb and Anda Chu, while the ones that look like they were taken with a phone cam were indeed taken with a phone cam by yours truly.

In other news, the vet bill for guest of honor Diamond the Hayward Hero Hound has been paid by a generous community that stepped up after hearing the story.

Click “read the rest…” to see the photos.


Santa Claus poses for photographs with children , right, while families take snapshots in front of holiday decorations inside City Hall for the Light Up the Season event.


The always popular Tap Dancing Christmas Trees, based out of Alameda. They have previously performed at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Side note: My dog found this troupe disturbing. Don't know if it was the tapping noise or the synchronized high kicks, but Komet got a serious case of the heebie-jeebies when they strolled by.


Spills without chills on the synthetic ice rink near City Hall.


One of the Dickens characters outside of The Book Shop.


Hayward Mayor Mike Sweeney rides with guests of honor Deuce the kidnapped Alameda terrier and owner Helen Bignone.


Brandon Short, 15, Spartan, a Great Dane, and Isabella, a Cocker Spaniel, all of Castro Valley wait to march in the Santa Paws Parade.


Wasabi, a Maine coon cat from San Leandro, disguised as a reindeer for the event.


Rio, a Boston terrier, takes a ride during the parade. The event featured contests for Best Dressed Pet, Owner and Pet Look-Alike, Group Entry, Just Plain Cute Pet, Holiday Pet Float and Best Holiday Float.


A portion of the parade. Despite the umbrellas, rain was light for the event.

Diamond the Hayward Hero Hound and friends.

Diamond the Hayward Hero Hound and friends.

Eric Kurhi

  • Michael Moore

    Eric, wonderful pictures of a terrific event, even if the 4,000 were hiding. Diamond is particularly handsome.

  • Jack O’Bryan

    We really got a kick out of the Paws Parade! Thanks for sharing the fotos!

  • Mona

    It was a great parade! Are there anymore pictures? I’d love to see them!!!