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By Brian Park
Children and their pets put on a show Sunday for the Fiesta Association’s Kids Pet Parade at Los Rios Park.
The kids and their critters, some dressed in costumes, walked through the park for the crowd and a panel of judges.
Zoomars Petting Zoo owner Carolyn Franks and Mission Grill owner John Gillotti returned for the second straight year to judge contestants. They were joined by Anna Bryson, a Capistrano Unified School District trustee and candidate for the 73rd State Assembly District, and Jim Curwood, this year’s Grand Marshal for the 56th Swallows Day Parade.
It wasn’t a parade for just dogs and cats, either. Chickens and lizards also made an appearance in the annual event.
Contestants competed in several categories for prizes. At the end of the event, Franks and Mayor Sam Allevato presented Noelle Ahney and her dog, Nero, with the “Best in Show” award. The two will now get to walk in this year’s Swallows Day Parade on Saturday, March 22 in downtown San Juan Capistrano.