The 2023 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade-2023

BY: Liliana Rocio, Senior Editor,   Thompkins Square Park  NYC Oct 21st 2023

Mark your calendar for the annual parade on Saturday, October 21 from 1-3pm; stay tuned for more details.

Dr Abbey with Bat Doggie

In addition to the traditional parade activities, an “experiential area” will be added this year across from the parade route on Avenue B and 7th St. with activities, services and sample stations.

Doggie dressed up as an pilot

The event is already the largest Halloween dog costume contest in NYC—and perhaps even in the world—and now it’ll be bigger than ever before.

Doggie in Weird Barbie Land

The Tompkins Square Park Dog Run announced the news on Instagram this morning, writing “Keep working on those costumes…THE PARADE! IS! BACK! ON!

Cowgirl doggie

Their announcement thanked sponsor Get Joy, a local dog wellness startup, for saving the parade. Parade leaders also thanked Mayor Eric Adams and Councilwoman Carolina Rivera “for quickly jumping into action.”

Doggie Mayor of NYC

For more than three decades the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade has been a tradition welcoming hundreds of dogs in adorable outfits.

Doggie Dressed in a Halloween outfit

“It’s a celebration of joy, creativity and the unbreakable bond between humans and their four-legged best friends,” Fern Watt, dog author and communications officer of the Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, said in a press release.

Doggie with Globe

“It’s basically the Met Gala for the Canine Community. We’ve been overcome by the amazing display of support from our community, so call the pup-arazzi: the show will go on!”

Doggies dressed in animal outfits

Watt will serve as a judge for the event, alongside Get Joy founder/CEO Tom Arrix, Get Joy’s Veterinary Advisor Dr. Brett Levitzke of VERG Brooklyn, and others.

Jockey Doggie

Expect incredible prizes for winners of various costume contest categories, including best in show, people’s choice, most creative and more.

M&M Dog

Year after year, the canine costumes prove remarkably elaborate and conceptual, so get creative. Some of our favorite looks from past years include Phantom of the Opera, Starbarks, and even an NYC garbage can. The ingenuity knows no bounds.

Mario Bros Doggie outfit

This isn’t the first time the parade has faced cancellation, by the way. Amid the pandemic in 2020, the parade paused, but it came roaring back in 2021.

Metro Card Doggie

Plus, back in 2018, parade officials announced the event was canceled because of a hefty insurance and liability policy. Then, they changed course and held the parade after all—just like this year.

Peperoni Dog

“This means the world, I thought this only happened in movies,” said Joseph Borduin, who has run the parade as a volunteer for the past four years. “The outpouring of support from across the entire United States has been phenomenal.”

Professor Doggie

What started as a small gathering among friends has ballooned into a cornerstone of New York City’s Halloween season, drawing thousands of spectators to the East Village to marvel, coo and laugh at creations that somehow become more elaborate every year.

Sporting Doggie

When everything runs smoothly, Garrett Russo, who created the event and organized it for nearly 30 years, said the parade can raise more than $50,000 for the Tompkins Square Park dog run, where dogs can run around off-leash in a gated area. It was the city’s first.

The Aristocratic Dog

The money goes toward resurfacing the dog park and regular maintenance, and many of the city’s dog parks have arrangements with private groups to take care of such areas.

The Devil Dog

Thousands of people attended the 2023 Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade-2023, see more in our World Liberty TV, Political Channels by clicking here.

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