This year marked the 16th annual Fiesta Pooch Parade, which is a part of San Antonio's larger Fiesta festival, a citywide celebration that fundraises money for the Alamo City. Which means the Fiesta Pooch Parade has been happening for 16 years and no one bothered to tell us until now.
And it's not just a parade: Every year there's a doggie costume contest! That's 16 years worth of costumes we've missed out on! The Fiesta Pooch Parade truly is the most wonderful time of the year.
Just look at Spanky and Rocky in their Fiesta best (above)! And Bruno and Brandy:
All this cuteness is for a good cause too: The Fiesta Pooch Parade is put on by and raises money for Therapy Animals of San Antonio. This year, over 500 doggies showed up for the contest and 5k.
There's a canine Grand Marshal and everything! This year, the King Anbarkio, as he's called, was a therapy dog named Zac (not pictured. Below are Libby and Lucy, who decided to coordinate their outfits for Fiesta).
The costume contest is split into six categories: Best in Show, Top Dog, Most Creative, Most Patriotic, Best Fiesta Flair and Best Matched Human and Dog. But, let's be honest...
The real winner is everyone who gets to see a Chihuahua in a wig and sombrero:
That said, we have some favorites. Like Winston, the fighter pilot:
Winston's costume is inspired and designed by his dad, Thomas McClellan, a real-life Black Hawk pilot who recently returned from Afghanistan. It was supposed to have tiny working rotors and lights, but the motor broke at the last minute. A damn shame, but still very cute.
And the best, best best: Jolene and Elvira, dressed as The Lone Ranger and Tonto: