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4th of July PET PARADE & Talent Show

AVAM invites all friendly furry, feathered, slithery, and scaly companions and their people, to don their best patriotic garb and join us for our July 4th Pet Parade and Pet Talent Show! The parade through AVAM’s campus is followed by a Pet Talent Show for those pet-and-person duos who wish to participate. A moment of silence will be held in honor of the cherished pets and people we have lost in the pursuit of freedom.

8:30 AM Registration • 9:00 AM Parade & TALENT
AVAM's Whirligig Plaza

Pet Parade & Animal Talent Show

The Pet Parade is held each year in memory of supreme animal lover and AVAM’s devoted supporter and friend, Ellis Rosen. 



Museum buildings are closed on July 4.

The Pet Parade and Talent Show will be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or high heat and humidity. Participants are requested to check the AVAM website,, on July 3 for updates.

Trophies to be awarded for the Parade and Pet Talent Show include:

Most Visionary Pet 2024

The Grand Prize—awarded to the pet that embodies the spirit of a true patriotic visionary.


Most Patriotic, Star-Spangled, Yankee Doodle Dandy Pet Award

Ready-for-Prime-Time Pet Talent

Best Pet Haute Couture (Best Costume)

Best Visionary Pet Hair-do

The Peoples’ Choice Award

Pet Congeniality Award

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