Today, October 24, 2015, is the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Halloween Dog Parade, which will take place this afternoon in New York City’s Tompkins Square Park. Nicknamed “The Woodstock for Dogs”, it is the largest dog costume parade in the United States as hundreds of dogs and their owners compete in multiple rounds of judging. The East Village community in Manhattan managed and funded the Dog runs in New York City. They are the only features of public parks that are not funded by the city. Last year, the event attracted thousands of people from all over New York City and beyond. According to the 25th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade Facebook page, more than 14,000 people are attending this year’s event.
This year, thousands of dollars in prizes and bragging are at stake for the Halloween Dog Parade. The dog and owner who win “Best in Show” will receive an Apple watch. Two lucky first place winners will each receive tickets to the Broadway show “Finding Neverland” and a $100 gift card for Purina dog food. It is a great opportunity for New Yorkers and others to show their love to the canine community. A variety of animal shelters and advocacy groups will be on location with dogs that need a loving, caring home. Therefore, anybody can leave the event a new and proud pet owner. There is no registration required so spectators can sit on the sidelines to see the dogs and owners clad in unique and innovative outfits that are as fancy and elaborate as anything at a Victoria’s Secret fashion show.
Whether it is for the kids, the kid inside of you, or both, the Tompkins Square Dog Run’s Halloween Dog Parade is an awesome experience for dog lovers. The opportunity to watch these festivities makes for a wonderful, relaxing day.