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The four Los Al students pose under a tree before heading off to NYC.
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Sydney Forsyte, Section Editor • February 16, 2024

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Los Als frosh softball team in the middle of playing their game.
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Los Al sophomore Stewart McCaleb will be in Miami Feb. 17-24 competing in the Olympic Team Trials for sailing. It’s more about the experience than actually trying to win,” McCaleb said.
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Bella Kim, Editor-in-Chief • February 16, 2024

LOS ALAMITOS, CA -- Under a clear, blue sky on open, choppy water, Stewart McCaleb picks up speed, expertly handling the lines on his Laser with...

Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade

The Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade was a fantastic event for dog lovers and pets alike
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Sydney Forsyte
This adorably terrifying pup was dressed up as Georgie from “It” while his owner dressed up as the killer clown herself.

LOS ALAMITOS, CA — This year’s Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade was a roaring (or woofing) success! Denizens of Long Beach all flocked to the Belmont Shore park that  served as the parade route. 

Before the parade, there were several tents and booths set up to sell a variety of pet-related gear ranging from dog-food companies to custom costume makers. Costumed parade watchers milled around eagerly perusing the wares as they searched for more ways to pamper their pets.

At promptly 2:30 p.m., the pet owners and pets lined up and began to promenade down the bike path that was their runway. Some dogs were able to embrace the spotlight, patiently sitting on their wagons or carriers that had been decorated to match the theme of their costumes. Others were less willing to face the masses and, overexcited, they shook their heads and scratched their bodies, sending wigs flying and leaving poor owners to wrangle their overexcited pooches. One particular Flintstones-themed float had its Cocker Spaniel attempt to leap out and make a break for freedom mid-route!

Some costumes were more traditional, like the dime-a-dozen hamburger or pizza, but others were more niche, like owners wearing Linus and Lucy costumes while one dog was dressed as Snoopy and the other as the Great Pumpkin from the Charlie Brown Halloween special. “Star Wars,” “Toy Story,” and “Barbie” seemed to be popular themes, with no less than three separate groups each.

It was apparent that for many owners, this was the highlight of the Halloween season, with weeks of work leading up to planning their costumes, designing their floats, and decorating their pooches entirely.

The highlight of the parade was clearly a Barbie-themed float complete with bubbles, an elaborate design, and dancing pet wonders surrounding it.

The eventful day concluded, and happy pet owners and pets returned home full of the Halloween spirit. 

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Sydney Forsyte, Editor | Reporter
Sydney Forsyte is a junior at Los Alamitos High School. This is her second year in Journalism, and, last summer, she participated in the New York Times Summer Institute. This year, she wants to focus on her role as an editor more in order to shape other people’s voices. Sydney enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and baking. She is also a part of a few clubs, including MUN, the Teens for Climate Club, and Emerging Leaders Club. Her favorite subject is English, and she hopes to write more reviews and profiles this year.   
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