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Pets parade through downtown Palatine

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  • Dressed as the four seasons, Brad Rathe of Deer Park, left, walks with Winston, and Cheryl Rathe marches with Macey, during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade in downtown Palatine. More than 70 pets participated in the parade Sunday dressed in costumes ranging from sports figures to food items.

       Dressed as the four seasons, Brad Rathe of Deer Park, left, walks with Winston, and Cheryl Rathe marches with Macey, during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade in downtown Palatine. More than 70 pets participated in the parade Sunday dressed in costumes ranging from sports figures to food items.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Nicolle Carfagnini of Palatine receives a kiss from Comiskey as Reggie, left, watches the crowd during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. The group was dressed as part of the Bob Marley band for the parade. More than 70 pets participated in the parade.

       Nicolle Carfagnini of Palatine receives a kiss from Comiskey as Reggie, left, watches the crowd during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. The group was dressed as part of the Bob Marley band for the parade. More than 70 pets participated in the parade.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Heather Glaser of Palatine hugs Nellie as they dress as a pair of sharks during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. More than 70 pets participated in the parade Sunday dressed in costumes ranging from sports figures to food items.

       Heather Glaser of Palatine hugs Nellie as they dress as a pair of sharks during the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade Sunday in downtown Palatine. More than 70 pets participated in the parade Sunday dressed in costumes ranging from sports figures to food items.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 
by Gilbert R. Boucher II
gboucher@dailyherald.com

Pets large and small, from dachshunds to a Great Dane, dressed in elaborate costumes walked with their owners through downtown Palatine on Sunday for the annual Sweet Pea Pet Parade.

The event was sponsored by Foxglove Cottage and The Music Room, both members of the Downtown Palatine Business Association,

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"It's always a nice event," said Larry Schroth, owner of Foxglove Cottage. "The people like the idea of coming down and dressing up their pets."

Almost 70 pets, primarily dogs, took part, with both pets and owners wearing costumes like uniforms of their favorite sports teams and foods like hot dogs and tacos. Some even came as other animals including sharks.

"I love this event because there are a lot cute animals," said Cheryl Rathe of Deer Park. "People are having fun. It gives everyone a chance to put their pets in funny clothing."

Pets were judged in various categories that included best homemade costume, best store bought costume, longest ears, shortest tails and biggest eyes.

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