Tompkins Square Park, East Village
A group of baffled students reluctantly enter from the northwest corner of the park. “Guys, I think we completely missed the memo for something,” one of them remarks.
This past October 26 marked the 25th annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade. Yep, you read that right. A dog parade, only the best kind of parade there is – though it’s not so much a parade as a general gathering of (A LOT of) people with their four-legged buddies. Every year on a delightfully perfect Autumn Saturday, hordes of dog lovers and press teams descend upon this otherwise quiet East Village park to snap pictures of fabulous pups dressed to the nines.
The whole premise is as ridiculous as it sounds and sometimes you have to step back from the craziness for a moment and ask, “Is this real life?” When I did so myself, I just happened to catch Aziz Ansari casually strolling around. (Celebrities: they’re just like us!) Nobody else seemed to notice him since everyone’s eyes were fixated downwards at all the fluffy butts. Well played, Mr. Ansari.
Dim and I have only attended the parade these past 2 years. Last year we were “super fam,” each of us matching in a Superman t-shirt. Of course, there were countless other super fams so this time we went on a search for a more unique costume.
I happened to find the cutest kimono costume on eBay for just $5! It fit Lola perfectly except for some buttons in front that couldn’t be clasped shut because she’s put on some pounds lately. Doesn’t she also somewhat resemble a sushi chef?
If there’s one thing that this event taught me (besides how weird of a phenomenon it is), it’s that dogs are very difficult to shoot. And when you have 1000 dogs plus 1001 people all in the same place trying to get the same shots, it’s damn near impossible.
Nonetheless, here are some other shots from the day.
There were many many more costumed dogs that we unfortunately did not get shots of – including, unsurprisingly, a few #PizzaRats and a Pomme Frite! – because it was just too hectic.
I am already looking forward to next year’s dog parade though!