Dress your pets and prep that palate for the return of Laguna Beach’s Pet Parade & Chili Cook-Off on September 30th at the Tivoli Too Grounds.

A 22-year tradition, this is one serious contest for pets (well, and maybe their owners) as pets participate in six categories: Most Handsome Male, Prettiest Female, Cutest Pet baby, Best Costume, Most Gorgeous Senior and Happiest Rescue. While dogs are the primary participants, don’t be surprised to see cats, birds and even turtles compete.

The parade combines with a very aggressive chili contest as newbies and returning champs battle it out for first place prizes. This year, I get to participate in the chili judging, along with my fellow StuNews buddy Shaena Stabler, returning judges Angie Miller (who talks about the event all year long) and Richard Burgi, and Barbara Hughston.

Pet Parade judges include Leon Rosen, Toni Iseman, Dr. Amy Rosencrantz, Dennis Riff (of new Catmosphere Cafe) and Laura Parisi. Pet registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and each category is a $10 fee.

General Admission is just $10 for the afternoon (11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.) and kids/teens under 16 are free. Hosted by the Laguna Beach Board of Realtors, come on down and support our great non-profits, the Blue Bell Foundation, Laguna Beach Animal Shelter, the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, the Pet Rescue Center, and PUP (Protecting Unwanted Pets) of Laguna Beach