1010 WINS' Susan Richard to emcee 29th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

Susan Richard
October 16, 2019 - 3:08 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) It wouldn't be Halloween season in New York City without the parade of four legged ghouls on Manhattan's lower east side. This year, the 29th Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade takes place Sunday, October 20, 2019 from noon to 3pm at the East River Park Amphitheater off the FDR Drive.

Held in Tompkins Square Park for decades, the event now attracts so many people, it was nearly cancelled last year when organizers had trouble raising the money to secure the necessary permits. This year was no different, but thanks to a last minute save from The Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group, this parade and costume competition will once again be held at the East River Park amphitheater, which can easily (and more comfortably) accomodate the throngs expected to show.

"I created this parade 29 years ago to raise awareness for the need for dog parks", parade founder Garrett Rosso told 1010 WINS, "and want to thank Councilwoman Carlina Rivera, Heart of Chelsea and the community for keeping the tradition alive."

Watch video from last year's event here:

1010 WINS Midday Anchor Susan Richard will don her Emcee Queen of the Underworld outfit (tiara and all) to preside over this year's festivities. There will be two rounds of competition with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners named in each, followed by Best In Show from those finalists. The winners will share in more than a thousand dollars in prizes courtesy of Petco.  Honorable mentions will receive a swag bag courtesy of Susan's AllForAnimalsTV video blog.

This event is free and open to all. No preregistration necessary to join the parade and competition but you must have a dog to participate and it's best to get there early. No dog? Spectators welcome, with plenty of seating at this outdoor arena. Parade runs 12noon to 3p and benefits the Tompkin Square Park dog run.

Get more info HERE.