A Christmas fruitcake has a variety of ingredients to make it appealing, and much like the veritable holiday dish, so did the annual Santa Paws Children’s Christmas Parade in the town of Halifax featuring a variety of animals.
From Chihuahuas to bearded dragons to Flemish Giant Rabbits, the parade had it all on Sunday, with an official total of 14 entries.
Outside of 14 official entries, a number of parade goers brought their own pets dressed for the event, which began with the town’s Christmas tree being lit by Santa Claus at the Halifax Farmers Market.
Grace and Hank Duffer of Halifax were first-place winners with their entry, including a plush pet dressed for the holidays, followed by James Covington of Clover with his Chihuahua, Buddy.
In third-place was Bryson Jackson of Victoria and his Flemish Giant Rabbit, Teddy.
Spike, the bearded dragon reptile, had his own Christmas abode decorated by 10-year-old owner Rylee Carr.
Schnauzers, boxers and golden retrievers, all reflecting the spirit of the holidays with Christmas-themed vests to ward off the chill, also paraded with their owners up and down Main Street in Halifax, led by Santa Claus.
Proceeds of dog and cat food from the event were divided among Halifax County animal rescue groups.