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Children, pets invade Main St.

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

Uptown Norwalk really went to the dogs Saturday morning as more than 40 canines of every shape and size took over Main Street for the annual Pet N Pup parade.

One bag of goldfish and a cat also joined in this year's event.

"It's been going on for 70-plus years," said Joe Lindenberger, who organized the parade for Norwalk Park s and Recreation Department. He said about 45 children entered this year's parade, which usually attracts 75 to 80.

Parents and even grandparents joined in the parade, which was led by an honor guard of veterans and the Norwalk Middle School band. The parade began at the Norwalk Public Library and everyone marched to Main Street School.

Camryn Hurst, 2, daughter of Greg and Amy Hurst, won the title of queen in her first year in the event. Nevan Ruggles, 5, son of Marc and Betsy Ruggles, was named king. Both youngsters won bicycles as prizes.

The Pet 'N' Pup parade is a family tradition for this year's king. "I was the queen when I was 6," said his mother.

The Ruggles' three daughters Amelia, 7; Anita, 2 and Anessa, 6 months also marched in the parade. Well, Anessa rode, but she was in costume as a crayon and her stroller was decorated as a crayon box.

Grandparents Allan Ruggles and John and Karen Fries also marched along with the family to help keep both kids and dogs in line.

Sports was a popular choice for several participants. Lydia Duncan, 9, and her dog Callie both wore Norwalk soccer outfits. Cassie Stockmaster, 11, and Beth Stockmaster, 7, dressed as cheerleaders and added a long blonde wig to their dog so she could play the role of cheerleader, too.

Allie Drumm, 2, and her dachshund both wore New York Yankee regalia. "We just moved from New York," said her mother Angel Drumm, "so we're Yankee fans."

A group of family and friends came as characters from "The Wizard of Oz." The kids were dressed as Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Wicked Witch of the West, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wizard. Their dogs played the roles of Toto and Flying Monkeys.

Julie Briand, 7, made her cave girl costume by herself. She took a week-long camp from Pat Catan's with a prehistoric theme and decided to use her cave girl costume and call her dog a cave dog.

Kathy Hammersmith, an employee of Hill's Interiors, took a few minutes to step outside the store and enjoy the sights of the parade.

"We look forward to this every year," she said. "We've got front row seats. It's always fun to see all the kids and the animals."

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