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Light Up the Season, Santa Paws Parade pics

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 1:20 pm in Business, Hayward, Odds & Ends.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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One of the Dickens characters outside of The Book Shop.

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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  • 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!!!