A beloved annual tradition for almost thirty years, the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade was cancelled for 2018 back in August due to the skyrocketing costs associated with putting on the event, which draws thousands of dogs and onlookers to Tompkins Square Park. Now, organizers announce that the parade has been saved and will happen this year with the same name, but in a new location - East River Amphitheater. "WE ARE BACK!!!!," their Facebook post reads:
The 28th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade
and Chi-lloween 2018
Sunday October 28th RAIN OR SHINE
From 12 noon to 3:00 pm
At East River Amphitheater -entrance through Corlears Hook Park at 451 Cherry Street NY NY 10002
BIG THANKS TO: Council Woman Carlina Rivera, GOLES, "ALWAYS LATE WITH KATIE NOLAN" ESPN TV SHOW and Go fund me page founder THERESE MORIARTY! It takes a Village!!!!
This year's parade will also be broadcast on ESPN and hosted by Katie Nolan.
In a statement, District 2 City Councilwoman Carlina Rivera said that Good Old Lower East Side, a local civic group, will fund the insurance for this year's parade, and and ESPN will make a $10,000 donation to the City Parks Foundation for the Tompkins Square Dog Run. "I am so happy that after months of work with community advocates and dog lovers, the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade will be returning to the community for its 28th iteration," Rivera says. "This beloved Lower East Side tradition wouldn't be happening this year without the tireless efforts of Good Old Lower East Side and the supporters of the Tompkins Square Park Dog Run, particularly Ada Nieves who has previously co-hosted the parade and took over planning this year."
Check out pictures from the 2017 edition of the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade HERE. For even more costumed canines, we went to Coney Island on Sunday for the Luna Park Dog Parade; pictures from that are in the gallery below.