Date Of Event: October 2, 2016 (it is usually held every year during the first Sunday in October)
Location: 32 Derby Square (off Essex St), Salem, MA
Cost: Free (there may have been a registration fee if your pet participated in the event)
Hours: October 2, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parking: Serby Square and the surrounding area are pedestrian friendly, walking areas. cars are not allowed in this area. You need to park in a garage or find off street parking. There are two main parking garages on New Liberty St and Congress St within walking distance and there is metered off street parking.
Highlights: pets…in costumes!
Web Site: 2nd Annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade
Just when you thought Halloween couldn’t be any more fun, Salem Main Streets, working with a variety of local businesses and organizations, held the 2nd annual Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade.
The first pet parade was such a success they moved it from Artists’ Row to Derby Square. Having attended the first Howl-O-Ween Pet Parade, I think this was a good call. The other venue was too narrow and there didn’t seem to be enoug room for everyone to roam freely. Derby Square had more room but it also became crowded as well. Everyone loves a pet parade I guess.
There were a variety of dogs in a variety of costumes.
The group of dogs pictured above were, of course, The Scarecrow, Dorothy, the Lion and the Tin Man. They also brought a yellow brick road which the Scarecrow and Dorothy are sitting on.
Here are some of my favorite dogs and their costumes from the day.
The force was with this 4 month old Lab who was dressed as Bark Vader.
Aye Matey! Lady is a 10 year old Chihuahua.
As if she wasn’t cute enough already, Alexsei, an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier, was dressed as a koala.
I’ve heard of dogfish sharks but this takes the cake. Willie, a 5 year old mutt, is a rescue.
Samie is a 6 year old Greyhound.
Blitzen, dressed as a purple monster, is a 1 year old Belgian Malinois (pronounced “mal-in-wah”). Yes, he’s 1 year old!
Mickey, I mean Riley, is a 2 year old Lab mix. I dare you to say “No” to that face.
Here comes the bride Persephone (the name of the daughter of Zeus), a 10 year old Golden Doodle.
Daisy the Lobster is a 2 and a half year old dog. Her mom isn’t sure of her breed. She is a rescue from Puerto Rico.
There were so many cute dogs at the pet parade. I was unable to get all of their names and breeds but I was able to photograph a lot of them.
There were actually a few very brave cats dressed as Dr Seuss characters at the parade.
The SalemSaurus T Rex also showed up with his own dog.
Even if they weren’t dressed in a costume, they were still cute. Lucy, a 14 year old Chow and Golden mix, just came by to hang out and watch the other dogs.
We also saw a family of bulldogs on the way to the event.
Below is a video of the pet parade.
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