The Salem Chamber of Commerce has announced that “World Animal Day” is the theme for the 17th Annual Haunted Happenings Grand Parade on Thursday, October 4th, 2012.
World Animal Day is celebrated each year on October the 4th. It started in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention of ecologists. On this day, animal life in all its forms is celebrated, and special events are planned on locations all over the globe. The 4th of October was originally chosen for World Animal Day because it is the feast day of Francis of Assisi, a nature lover and patron saint of animals and the environment. However, World Animal Day has now gone beyond being the celebration of a Christian saint and is today observed by animal-lovers of all beliefs, nationalities and backgrounds. Animal rescue shelters hold fundraising events and open days, wildlife groups organize information displays, schools undertake animal-related project work and individuals and groups of friends or co-workers donate to animal charities or pledge to sponsor a shelter animal.
The choice of costumes for this year’s parade is endless, and schools and businesses are encouraged to expand on the theme’s positive message!
To help ensure the success of this event, the Salem Chamber is looking for financial support. Businesses willing to make a contribution to continue the tradition of keeping the parade exciting, family-friendly, and safe can contact the Salem Chamber of Commerce (www.salem-chamber.org / T.978-744-0004).