Get out the leash and put your best paw forward at the Atlanta Humane Society's PET PARADE SEPT. 22 at Six Flags Over Georgia. Proceeds from the 11th annual event benefit the organization's programs, which care and provide for unwanted and abandoned animals. Participants collect pledges before walking in the parade. Whoever collects the most pledges wins a trip to Cancun, Mexico. Other events include doggie musical chairs, demonstrations by the Greater Atlanta Dog & Disc Club and Atlanta Police Department Canine Unit, pet/owner look-a-like and best-trick contests, paw-print tile making, face painting and caricatures. Free. 9 a.m. 7561 Six Flags Drive, Austell. 404-875-5331, ext. 226. www.atlantahumane.org.
Atlanta's oldest surviving city park is gearing up for big crowds SEPT. 22-23. The GRANT PARK FESTIVAL includes a tour of homes, the 23rd annual Mothball 2001 at Zoo Atlanta and the new Neighborhood Charter School Autumn Artfest. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit organizations involved in restoring and enriching the Grant Park neighborhood. Mothball 2001 Fri. 7-11 p.m.; $35. Tour of homes Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-6 p.m.; $12-$15. Artfest Sat.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; W.F. Slaton Elementary School, Grant and Bass streets; free. 404-525-5648. www.gpna.org.