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2020 Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade
October 17, 2020
It’s been said that when times get ruff, dogs serve as the ultimate source of comfort. In that case, we want to make a safe celebration of costumed canines paw-sible for all.
In an effort to ensure health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, LakewoodAlive’s 13th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade sponsored by Ganley Subaru was held virtually, with 12 lucky winners whose dogs were highlighted in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 calendar and one grand prize “Best In Show” winner that was determined by public voting.
Registration is now closed for the Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade, which featured a photo contest from September 8 to October 8, 2020. Each registered participant was guaranteed to have their costumed canine photo submission considered by a panel of community judges for inclusion in LakewoodAlive’s 2021 wall calendar, and each entry included a copy of this full-color calendar. A virtual unveiling of the 12 lucky winners took place on October 17 – the original date of the Spooky Pooch Parade.
The general public cast votes from October 13th through 16th (at noon) by “liking” photos in a Facebook album or commenting on our Instagram slideshow consisting of the 12 calendar finalists to determine the “Best In Show” winner of the Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade. That winner was featured on the October page of the calendar and received one year’s worth of free dog food courtesy of Pet’s General Store.
The cost of entry was $25 per photo submission, with proceeds benefiting LakewoodAlive, a community-centered nonprofit organization striving to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.
“We are thrilled with incredibly creative photos that people sent to us for the Spooky Pooch Parade calendar,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director for LakewoodAlive. “Despite COVID keeping us apart, the community showed their support by submitting more than 1,600 votes, helping us to keep the spirit of the event alive.”
We’re hopeful that next year we can return to hosting a sizable celebration of costumed canines in Downtown Lakewood. Until then, we’ve learned that not even a global pandemic can stop Spooky Pooch. Thanks to all who participated. Your submissions and boundless creativity delighted the community! Stay tuned for details about Spooky Pooch 2021.
The Virtual Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
October 22, 2019 – Plethora of Pooches, Perfect Weather Highlight 12th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
September 14, 2020 – Lakewood’s Spooky Pooch Parade going virtual for 2020
The 2020 Spooky Pooch Parade is generously supported by the following sponsors:
Top Dog Sponsor
Dedicated Dog Sponsors