Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade 2016

Despite the rain, this annual event took place with all its fervor on 22 October this year, with a number of dogs proudly walking down the ramp with their owners.  Not only the dogs, a number of spectators crowded to East Village for the parade and competition.  The red carpet displays of fabulous costumes and adorable dogs can be scene in the images below:

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The Tompkins Square Dog run is the first dog run in New York City.  It opened in 1990, as part of a renovation project in the area, but with an agreement that the park will be run and maintained by the community, and not the city.  A number of dog owners were the first fundraisers.  Since then almost the entire city takes part in fundraising activities.  The Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade is an annual fundraiser to maintain the run.  This is the biggest Halloween party in the US, boasting an annual attendance of more than 400 dogs in costume and about 2,000 spectators.

In 2008, the park went through a major $450,000 renovation funded by the New York City’s government and dog patrons.  It now includes a state-of-the-art running surface composed of decomposed granite sand, underground drainage, a large and small dog run, three swimming pools, picnic tables, a tree deck, and bath areas and hoses to spray off pets.

Sources: NYMag, Wikipedia, & Tompkins Square Dog Run

 

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