The sun gleamed in the warm autumn sky, the creative juices for costuming flowed and the canines came out in droves. This was, indeed, a dog day delight.
A picture-perfect day marked by temperatures near 70 degrees and an impressive turnout of four-legged participants made the 12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday afternoon, October 19, memorable for canine and human guests alike. Approximately 400 pooches participated in this fun-filled event, and an estimated 2,500 people gathered in and around Kauffman Park in Downtown Lakewood for the festivities.
Sponsored by Discount Drug Mart and presented by LakewoodAlive, the Spooky Pooch Parade featured mutts and pure-breeds, lap dogs and large canines, and a wide assortment of clever costumes adorned by both humans and their furry friends. Prizes were awarded to winning pooches as selected by a panel of judges, with the winner of Best in Show receiving one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store:
- Best in Show: Queens’s Tea Paw-ty
- Best Pooch & Child: 1. Phoenix & Oceanite 2. Fire Fighter Family 3. Lady and the Tramp
- Best Pooch & Adult: 1. Lost Dog 2. Cleveland Leather 3. Maria’s Field of Hope
- Best Pooch & Group: 1. The Addams Family 2. Las Vegas 3. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
- Spookiest Pooch: 1. Doom Service 2. Witch Doctors 3. Stranger Things
The event kicked off with a festival in Kauffman Park, where attendees enjoyed music, food, entertainment and vendors, many of which were dog-related. LakewoodAlive thanks the 40 vendors who participated. Pink Lotus Yoga hosted a free dog yoga session, affording participants a unique opportunity to reap the many benefits of yoga while also enjoying the company of their canine companion.
Festivities continued with the much-anticipated parade, which saw a sizable sea of costumed canines march through a stretch of the Detroit Avenue Business District in Downtown Lakewood. Spectators cheered and judges cast their votes as participating pooches strutted their stuff and delighted the crowd.
“The Spooky Pooch Parade represents a doggone good time and prime opportunity to showcase Downtown Lakewood’s vibrancy, yet this community event would not be possible without the tireless efforts of our volunteers,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “On behalf of our entire organization, thank you to the many volunteers who helped make the 2019 Spooky Pooch Parade a tremendous success. In particular, thanks to the City of Lakewood, which provides day-of event services ranging from police presence to park maintenance.”
The 12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Discount Drug Mart
Top Dog Sponsor:
City of Lakewood