17th Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off

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SAM_4247More than 200 pet owners, animal lovers and kids alike gathered at Tivoli Too! Sept. 29 for the 17th Annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off, a doggone good event that raised funds for local animal shelters and charities. Organized by the Laguna Board of Realtors, the event raised more than $20,000 for The Pet Rescue Center, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, Blue Bell Foundation, Animal Crackers and Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund. In addition to a chili tasting and judging contest, attendees and their adorable furry friends arrived in their finest attire (or, pet costumes), participated in a pet parade and competed for prestigious titles such as Most Handsome Male, Best Costume and Most Gorgeous Senior Pet. Celebrities, both two-legged and four-legged, were also present at the festivities, including actor Richard Burgi of “Desperate Housewives,” who judged the pet parade, and local feline celebrity Aragon (also known as Lord Tubbington) of “Glee” fame, who also made an appearance on stage. —A.T.

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