Sewickley Unleashed: Pet parade, street fair part of fundraiser

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A pet parade, a 5-kilometer walk/run and a street fair will highlight Sewickley Unleashed, an annual fundraiser for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society that will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Sewickley Village area.

This is the fifth year for the event, which is sponsored in part by Village Green Partners, a Sewickley-based nonprofit committed to supporting the business district.

Registration for a 5K walk/run will start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a pre-race stretch with volunteers from the Sewickley YMCA. The race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The top finishers of the race will be awarded medals during a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the Broad Street stage.

At 10 a.m., a pet-friendly street fair will open with food, goods and a variety of vendors. Radio station 96.1 KISS FM will broadcast from a booth, where adoptable pets will be showcased.

The pet parade begins at 10:30 with judging in the PNC parking lot between 10:15 and 10:30 in the categories of Most Creative Group or Family, Best Float, Best Non-canine, Best Youth Participant (12 and under), Best Teen Participant (13-18), and Best Adult Participant (19 and up).

The cost to register pets in advance is $10. Registration on the day of the event will be $15.

The parade will feature Sewickley’s K-9 Officer Tripp as well as the Pittsburgh Police K-9 Unit in a tribute to Pittsburgh K-9 Officer Rocco, who was killed this year in the line of duty.

Last year, over 300 people participated in the event, which raised more than $16,000 for the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society.

For information and registration for the 5K and the pet parade:

Shellie Petri Budzeak, freelance writer:

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