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Doggies on parade, a free movie and Viva Osceola, all in one weekend in downtown Kissimmee

Posted on Friday, October 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm


By Peter Covino

Lifestyles Editor

Time for another installment of  Etc. Etc. and So Forth and today we are going straight to the dogs.

Yes, we are calling all dogs (and you cats as well). Grab your master by the paw (or leg) and tell em to bring you to downtown Kissimmee.

Tomorrow is the annual Pet Parade.

Hosted by the Heavenly Hooves Theraputic Riding Center, this is the third year for the event, which usually features some pretty amazing animals.

It kicks off Saturday (registration begins at 5 p.m., entry fee is $10 first pet and $5 each additional) and the pet parade begins at 6:15 p.m.

Trophies, you want trophies? Well trophies you shall have. Trophies will be awarded for Best in Show, Owner/Pet look-a-like and Most Unique Pet. All pets will receive a Pet Parade Participation Ribbon.

The event also features food (for humans and pets). You can even dine outside with your favorite four-legged pal at participating Dakin Avenue restaurants.

And if you don’t  have a pet, come out to the parade and adopt one from Osceola County Animal Services.

Also in  downtown Kissimmee, tonight (Friday) is Movie in the Park. A free film is show each second Friday at Kissimmee Lakefront Park on the lawn. Tonight’s film is Hotel Transylvania. It begins at dusk.

Saturday is Viva Osceola, the big Hispanic music, dance and culture event, also at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. It all begins at 11 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. There is a full slate of live music, arts and crafts, stuff for kids, food vendors and, best of all, admission is free.

If you are looking for something to do elsewhere in Central Florida, this is also Southern Womens Show weekend at the Orange County Convention Center.

The show is open until 7 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets ($7 adults are available at Walgreens, $12 at the door).

Highlights include:      Miss Kay from A&E’s Duck Dynasty appears on Sunday at 2 p.m. on the Main Fashion Stage

The nationally acclaimed Taste of Home Cooking School will be part of the  line up of cooking programs this year.  The Taste of Home Cooking Schools take place on Thursday at 11:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Back by popular demand, the Firefighter Fashion Show.  Central Florida Firefighters will heat up the stage each day for charity.
The Walgreens Pavilion with have lots of valuable samples, coupons and great information.

An array of programs on the Spotlight Stage that range from etiquette tips to Home Depot Herself projects.

Hourly entertainment on the Main Fashion Stage including runway fashion shows from Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, TMT Fashion Productions, International Academy of Design & Technology, plus more.