Costumed pets and their owners took part in the Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest on Via Amore Saturday March 14, 2020
They say that smiles are the best kind of medicine, and the 27th annual Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest, which took place Saturday morning, was chock-full of them.
Hosted by Via Amore retailer Sherry Frankel, the event gave people an opportunity to show off the four-legged members of their household.
From dolled up Chihuahuas in car-shaped purses to a pig dressed in a jewel leotard and tutu (who won her own special category), each of the 25 pets gave it their all for the categories of Most Unique, Most Creative, Most Obedient and the coveted Best in Show.
The aforementioned 10-year-old pig, named Mona Lisa and accompanied by Pizza Al Fresco manager Javier Gonzalez, has participated in the contest for so long she’s a celebrity.
Amid the tension surrounding COVID-19, for some of the about 40 people who attended, the parade gave a sense of normalcy back to their Palm Beach routines. Frankel certainly thought so, since she was not concerned about current events affecting the contest.
“People love the Pet Parade; it’s fun,” Frankel told the Daily News. “People love to celebrate their pets; it gives them a chance to dress up, enjoy, and be a star since they’re on the runway.”
Diana Johnson, a resident who brought her 2-year-old sheepadoodle “Lucky” Logan, dressed in green for St. Patrick’s Day, said that Logan was excited to get out of the house for the fun. Logan was named Best in Show.
“He loves being around kids and lots of people, so it’s the perfect event for him,” Johnson said. “He’s been looking at me like, ‘Take me where the people are.’”
Prizes given to each winner were donated by businesses including Stubbs & Wooten, Woof Gang Baker & Grooming, Pizza Al Fresco, Ta-Boo, Olivia Preckel, Lily Bermuda, Tiffany’s, and many others.