It was cool summer night for the well-attended 81st annual Pet Parade in Faribault. This year's theme was Tropical Delight and it yielded a variety of costumed animals and decorated floats. There were quite a few Moanas, a familiar toucan, a giant banana, palm trees and more.

Two of my grandchildren joined us for the evening festivities and they made a haul in candy being thrown by the participants. I even snagged a few, hey, I've got to stay sweet somehow. The girls loved seeing all of the animals, especially the dogs and there were even some goats, donkeys or mules (not sure which they were), horses, cats, rabbits and more. We were entertained by cheerleaders and dancers. The parade itself was led off by a fine young Boy Scout proudly carrying the American flag.

We had a great time at this year's Pet Parade and can't wait to see what next year's theme will be.