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Howl ‘o Ween parade, festival set for this Saturday in Citrus Heights

Several costume-wearing dogs walk past the parade judges’ booth, during the 2015 Howl ‘O Ween parade.

By Rylie Friesen-
The annual Howl ‘o Ween parade and harvest festival in Citrus Heights will take place again this Saturday with a 9 a.m. parade, followed by festivities at Rusch Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Oct. 19 parade, organized by the Citrus Heights Community Marching Band, will involve dogs in costumes, floats, clowns, veterans, youth groups, and more, according to a press release. The annual parade route travels down Auburn Boulevard, typically beginning at Twin Oaks Avenue and concluding at Rusch Park.

New this year will be a fly-over at the beginning of the parade by the U.S. Coast Guard from Air Station Sacramento, organizers say. Nine-year-old BMX Champion Annalyse Solano, her brother, and father are performing as well. 

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Activities in the festival will include free games, a bounce house, stage performances, and the Home Depot’s Kids Club Workshop, which is a new feature to the event where kids will be able to use a hammer and screwdriver to build sailboats and race cars from a kit. 

Police officers Kyle Shoberg and Joe Spurlin will also be honored along with K-9 police dog “Axel” at 10:45 a.m., for their service in a July incident in which a suspect opened fire on the dog and police officers on Greenback Lane.

Attendees at the festival will also find entertainment and demonstrations by area musicians and organizations. A 12-foot tall Frankenstein and his dog “Spooky” will be featured at the Sacramento SPCA’s Adoption Area, which is “always a popular attraction with animals to hold, pet, and/or adopt,” according to Kathy Cook, CHCMB Program Director.  

More than 50 craft and business exhibits, including several dog and pet business booths, will also be part of the festival. The NorCal Cruisers Car Club and the Citrus Heights Police Department will have cars on display, according to the news release.

Additional parade entries will be accepted through Thursday, Cook said. Those interested in participating can email Cook at

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