Photos Courtesy of the City of Peoria

Prickly Pete is an Ambassador of Goodwill for the city of Peoria. Pete made his debut in April 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 on social media. Since then, he’s been busy living his best cactus life and sharing it on social media with his fans.

The city of Peoria recently re-shared some of his top moments online and they were too wholesome not to share with you.

Some of Pete’s Best Moments Include:
• Meeting his now-wife Pam at Driftwood Coffee in Old Town Peoria. They started dating and could be seen out and about around Peoria prior to the pandemic.
• Pete popped the question in 2021 at Lake Pleasant’s Sunset Point (such a romantic spot).
• In 2021, in a quiet ceremony in Old Town Peoria, Pete and Pam officially got married.
• In May, the cactus couple announced some big news: Prickly Penny, their newest bundle of (spiky) joy. Pete even took her to visit Lake Pleasant recently!

Want to follow Pete and his family on their next adventure? Follow along on his very own Instagram @peoriapricklypete or find the City of Peoria on Facebook. You can also visit and search for “Prickly Pete.” On the website, you can even print out a small Prickly Pete of your very own!