This past Sunday, dog owners and their furry costumed companions paraded a half-mile stretch of the Esplanade for the sixth annual Canine Promenade. The fall tradition, hosted by the Esplanade Association, featured a Halloween-themed parade and costume contest for local pups and their owners. Despite the windy weather, more than 150 attendees participated in this year’s festivities.
The special pre-Halloween occasion is put on every year to raise awareness of improvements for the Charles River Esplanade. The proceeds from this year’s Canine Promenade will be put toward the restoration of the Lotta Fountain. Located near the Esplanade Playscape, the fountain includes a six-foot stone dog sculpture and granite benches made in 1939. The fountain was once a place where dog owners could relax and their pups could enjoy refreshing sips of water. However, time has greatly weathered the Lotta Fountain, and it is now in need of major renovation. According to Meghan Buco, one of the event’s organizers, roughly $1,500 was raised for the restoration project on Sunday. Buco and the members of the Esplanade Association hope that the Lotta Fountain will once again serve as a community gathering place for park dogs and their owners in the future.
Until then, the annual puppy parade will do. Here’s what you missed at this year’s Canine Promenade.
The sixth annual Canine Promenade, hosted by the Esplanade Association, took place on Sunday.
This Pomeranian was one of many pups dressed as New England’s favorite crustacean, the lobster.
Rare Pokemon were sighted all throughout the Esplanade this weekend, including this Pikachu pup.
Fenway, dressed as a Pokeball, was part of a Pokemon Go ensemble, the first place winners of the group costume category.
Fenway the Pokeball and his Pokemon Go friends placed first in the group costume contest.
Ahoy! Pirate pups took over Fielder Field with their canine friends on Sunday.
A real-life ewok, who was a little camera shy, was also in attendance at the sixth annual Canine Promenade.
With fabulous shades and an elegant tiara, this pretty pup pranced her way along the parade.
This pooch with a majestic mane came to the event dressed as the Courageous Lion from the Wizard of Oz.
Some pups like Chico the Pomeranian were especially happy to be at the Canine Promenade.
Bubba the English bulldog smiles as he basks in the sun and spends the afternoon with his fuzzy four-legged friends.
A panel of young judges determined the winners of this year’s costume contest.
Some dogs even showed off their tricks to impress the judges.
High five for teamwork! Batman and Robin took the stage and showed off some cool tricks during the individual costume contest.
The fabulous Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany’s walked the catwalk.
This jailbird Pomeranian couldn’t help but smile as he took the stage for the costume contest.
This Yorkshire teacup pup is named Artie the “One Dog Party.” According to his owner, Artie was dressed as a “love child between Gandalf the Grey and Dumbledore” for the event.
Cookie Monster competed in the individual costume contest and brought her own snack to munch on.
Calvin the Dog for president! Calvin’s Chief of Staff (left) and First Lady (right) announced his presidential candidacy on Sunday. As president of the United States of America, he promises to “make balls squeaky again.”
Doggie Trump was also present at the Canine Promenade, to give Calvin a run for his money.
Two twinning pups and their owner adorned their costumes with a 1940s flare.
Capone the Flying Pug, as Amelia Earhart, won first place in the individual costume category.
Sheva the Shiba Inu and her owners dressed as a honeybee and beekeepers for the group costume contest.
Plenty of Pomeranians were present at the puppy parade, including this pretty little unicorn.
Koda came to the Esplanade dressed as a lobster this year.
This tiny pup, dressed as the balloon house from the Pixar movie Up, won second place in the individual costume competition.
The Lotta Fountain is currently under renovation until November and will be officially open to the public in spring 2017.
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