Saturday, May 4, 2024

Times: Parade begins at 1:00 p.m.

Begins outside the Center Meetinghouse


Pre-registration deadline extended to May 2nd!

Members and their canine companions are invited to join in the first-ever Spring Dog Parade at Old Sturbridge Village! Dress your dog in one of two themes (see below for details) and join in the festive fun as the parade travels around the Village Common. Staff judges will select two dogs (one from each category) to win a Village-made redware dog bowl. Pre-registration is required by May 2nd (see below).

Please note: While service animals are always permitted at the Village, pets are not allowed except on designated Dog Days. Dog Days are a member-exclusive perk and dogs must be registered prior to visiting. Learn more about membership here. Owner of the dog must be a current member of Old Sturbridge Village. “Guest” dogs, those not belonging to the primary holder(s) of the Old Sturbridge Village membership, are not eligible to participate. All Dog Days policies apply to the Spring Dog Parade.

Spring 2024 Parade Theme: Long Ago: Near and Far

Get creative dressing your dog with something inspired by the Village and early 19th-century rural New England life or in something from a galaxy far away! With the parade falling on May 4, 2024 (also known as Star Wars Day), we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to expand the theme to the realms of space, science fiction, and fantasy.


The possibilities are nearly endless!

Sign Up to Participate in the Parade

Pre-registration is required by April 27, 2024. Your dog(s) must also be registered for Dog Days to participate. If you need to register or re-register for Dog Days, please click here.

Dogs must be kept on a leash and accompanied by an owner at all times.

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