Prickly Pete

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Meet Prickly Pete!

Pete is an Ambassador of Goodwill for the City of Peoria, Arizona. Pete made his debut in April of 2019 as part of a promotion for Valley Bike Month, and quickly became a social media sensation! Peoria residents flocked to find Pete as he traversed the city, posing for selfies and sharing them using #pricklypete.

Peoria's Prickly Pete


Where's Pete?

Pete is currently planning his next adventure. Be sure to follow the City of Peoria on social media to stay up to date for the latest news on Prickly Pete's whereabouts.


Frequently Asked Questions

What type of cactus is Prickly Pete?

Prickly Pete is a giant saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea), a large cactus species native to the Sonoran Desert.

How tall is Prickly Pete?

Prickly Pete stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 20 pounds.

Where did Prickly Pete come from?

Prickly Pete was designed and fabricated in-house by the Office of Communications.

What do the colors on Prickly Pete mean?

Prickly Pete is decorated with the colors of the City of Peoria's official flag, which was redesigned in 2017. Learn more about the new flag design in this video:

What does Prickly Pete like to do for fun?

Pete is very adventurous and enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, canoeing, and watching the sunset. He likes eating at Peoria restaurants.

Where will Prickly Pete be next?

Stay up to date on Pete's adventures by following the City of Peoria on your favorite social media site.


Print Your Own Prickly Pete

Download the Prickly Pete cut and fold (PDF) to make your own miniature Prickly Pete! Decorate your home or office with this 10.5" tall standee.