Whitney Bradley and Laurie Arsenault will unleash a cavalcade of costumed canines -- and other assorted animals -- Sunday, Oct. 28, at the German Village Pet Parade.
Bradley and Arsenault will present the pageant from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Schiller Park amphitheater.
Registration is free and begins at 2 p.m.
It will be the first time the two neighborhood residents have been hosts for the parade and have used social media to attract an impressive number of followers: 1,000 people have "liked" the event on the Schiller Park Facebook page and more than 100 are expected to attend.
"We're two crazy dog moms in German Village," Bradley said. "That's why they selected us."
Last year, the parade was taken over by the German Village Society's fun committee but postponed until December because of the canine flu. It was held in the Meeting Haus.
Greg Gamier and Jeff Lowe, former owners of German Village Pet Supply, had presented the parade for several years.
The parade is open to any domestic animals, although exotic pets are unlikely, Bradley said.
"I know there's a pig in German Village," she said. "I don't know if it's coming out, but I'm hoping for that."
There will be prizes given in 10 categories, such as best superhero, food, celebrity and animal costumes.
Charlie won judge's choice last year, and Kona is the reigning parade queen.
Neither will participate this year, according to Bradley and Arsenault.
This year's judges are Josh Miller, Marceline Dyer and Brittany Gibson. There will be a drawing of random winners who will get Wag Bags filled with treats and coupons from local vendors.
There will be 15 vendors on site, offering services such as pet adoptions and sitting, as well as photography and treats, Bradley said.
"The Pet Parade is such a labor of love for all of us on the fun committee and our German Village pets," said Mike Cornelis, chairman of the committee. "Its great to be a part of this annual tradition started so many years ago by Fred (Holdridge) and Howard (Burns). And to think: How did they ever get everyone organized before social media?"