On the Friday nights after Thanksgiving Day, there is an annual tradition in Coeur d’Alene. It’s the Holiday Parade followed by a the lighting ceremony and fireworks. Thousands come and line Sherman Ave to watch the holiday floats go by.
For several years now, the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers have been participating in the parade. There were around forty CDADF members, family members, friends and students participating in the parade this year. This included Barbara Campbell and her two Samoyeds, a mother/daughter team. Crystal is the mom, 11 years old and an AKC Champion. Dazzle is the daughter, 5 years old, AKC Champion and Delta Therapy dog. They pulled Barbara in a Sacco cart, and the sight of them on the parade route brought eruptions of applause and sounds of whistles from the observers.
Many of the dogs were literally “turned on” for the event; they were decorated with costumes that were adorned with Christmas lights. Parents and their children proudly walked their pooches down the parade route. Great Danes strolled next to Malamute pups, English Bulldogs next to Australian Shepherds. Many breeds were represented, along with a few unique mixes. Some of the members and their dogs strutted their stuff in a drill that they performed throughout the parade; dogs were sitting and heeling and zigzagging through the formation.
“Ohs” and “ahhs” and squeals of delight were heard over and over again as the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers marched by the parade-viewing crowds. The CDADF group enjoys participating in the parade and plans on being back next year, making it an annual tradition for the club.
For more information on the Coeur d’ Alene Dog Fanciers: http://www.cdadogfanciers.org
For more information about downtown Coeur d’ Alene: http://cdadowntown.com