Critter Costume Parade will be held in Batavia

Get ready to deck out those dogs and costume those cats.

Animals of all sorts are invited to participate in Batavia’s first annual Clermont Critter Costume Parade.

The parade, which is co-sponsored by Dr. Jennie Bard and Dr. Alfred DuBois of the Family Animal Hospital practice on West main Street, and the Village of Batavia Council’s Beautification Committee, will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.

“I think it will be a lot of fun for the family and the pets,” said Dr. Bard. “Fun for the families who will get to come up with an idea, work on the idea, and then make the costumes – fun for the pets who will get a chance to socialize, see and smell other animals.”

Judging time will be at 1 p.m. with the parade starting at 2 p.m. Participants will be directed to staging areas when they arrive at the parade at 1 p.m.

The parade, which is free and open to the public, will feature costumed animals and parade participants are encouraged to dress up in costumes as well. Pets that participate will need to be leashed, managed, and socialized. Organizers ask that all parade participants bring water and clean-up materials for their pets.

Anna Townsend, the Good Morning Cincinnati anchor for local WKRC-TV will be a judge for the event. Batavia High School student Rodney Johnson will be the bulldog mascot leading the parade.

There will be prizes for youth and adult categories for best pet and people costumes. Prizes include free pet physical examinations, heart worm medication, pet food, pet care products, to name a few. Prizes have been donated by Fort Dodge pharmaceuticals, DVM, Bayer, Novartis, Home Again, Royal Canin, and Schering-Plough.

Children under the age of 12 will need a chaperone to march in the parade and participants under the age of 18 will need a parent to sign a waiver the day of the parade.

Organizers are asking for donations for the Clermont County Humane Society. Collection boxes will be along the parade route to place donations. Some of the items needed by the Humane Society include, but are not limited to, paper towels, bleach, bath towels, latex toys, and 13-gallon garbage bags.

The Beautification Committee is made up of council members Summer Tyler, Michelle Gardner, and Ray Seibert. The parade was the idea of Michelle Gardner and Dr. Bard.

Participants of a beautification survey indicated that they wanted to see more family events in the village; the parade is a result of those survey results.

“The event is a way for all of us to enjoy our community and to help it grow into a healthier, more enjoyable place,” said Dr. Bard.”

For more information, call the village of Batavia at (513) 732-2020.