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Spooky Pooch Parade

October 21 @ 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade such a memorable experience for humans and canines alike!  We look forward to hosting the 11th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in Downtown Lakewood.

View Spooky Pooch Parade Photos by:
Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood
Brian Foox / The Lakewood Observer
Cleveland 19 News WOIO
Cleveland.com
The Lakewood Citizen / Lakewood Patch
Ohio Festivals

 

Plethora of Pooches, Perfect Weather Highlight 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

October 24, 2017

LakewoodAlive 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by Alex Belisle / Faces of Lakewood

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 in the 70s and an impressive turnout of four-legged participants made the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade on Saturday afternoon, October 21, memorable for canine and human guests alike.  Nearly 350 pooches – the most in recent years – 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-breds, 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:

LakewoodAlive 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by Cleveland.com

– Best in Show: Spaceship & Martians 2. Cinderella 3. Peacock
– Best Pooch & Child: Where The Wild Things Are 2. Skeleton 3. Robin Hood & Maid Marian
– Best Pooch & Adult: Up The Movie 2. Bert & Ernie 3. Bathtub
– Best Pooch & Group: The Wizard of Oz 2. Pirate & Shark 3. Gondola
– Spookiest Pooch: Beetlejuice 2. Spider 3. The Addams Family

The event kicked off with a festival in Kauffman Park, where attendees enjoyed music, food, kids’ games, entertainment and vendors, many of which were dog-related.  LakewoodAlive thanks the 35 vendors who participated.  New activities at this year’s festival ranged from canine caricatures and “paw readings” by a dog psychic, to contests involving “musical sit” and peanut butter eating.

LakewoodAlive 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by The Lakewood Citizen / Lakewood Patch

Festivities continued with the much-anticipated parade, which saw a sizable sea of costumed canines march along a route that included 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 popular 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 2017 Spooky Pooch Parade a tremendous success.  In particular, thanks to the Kauffman Park Friends for their assistance and to the City of Lakewood, which provides day-of event services ranging from police presence to park maintenance.”

 

Spooky Pooch Parade News

LakewoodAlive 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade

Photo by Brian Foox / The Lakewood Observer

10/24 – Plethora of Pooches, Perfect Weather Highlight 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
10/11 – 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade Brings Bark to Kauffman Park on October 21
9/22 – Canine Caricatures, Dog Psychic Highlight New Activities at Spooky Pooch Parade
9/8 –   How to be Top Dog at the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
8/22 – Dog Days: Registration Now Open for LakewoodAlive’s 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade
8/9   – Discount Drug Mart Named Title Sponsor for LakewoodAlive’s Spooky Pooch Parade

 

Thanks to Darren Toms and Kauffman Park Friends for producing this superb video from the 10th Annual Spooky Pooch Parade!

 

Title Sponsor

Discount Drug Mart Logo

Top Dog Sponsor

City of Lakewood Logo

Dedicated Dog Sponsors

Dog Life in CLE Logo     Inn The Doghouse       
Panera Bread Catering     Pets General Store Logo              The University of Akron, School of Social Work, Lakewood Campus

Poochy Sponsors

Diana M. DeCesare, Remax Beyond 2000  |  Men’s Cuts

 

Details

Date:
October 21
Time:
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.spookypoochparade.com/

Venue

Kauffman Park
15450 Detroit Avenue
Lakewood, OH 44107
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