Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade 2017 @ Tompkins Square Park, NYC - 10.21.17 (34)

Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade 2017 @ Tompkins Square Park, NYC – 10.21.17

October 21, 2017 | Other Photography

After taking last year off with the Tompkins Square Park Halloween Dog Parade, I decided to head into the city to take pictures of cute traumatized doggies in Halloween costumes. In NYC, they always do it up and make a spectacle of it and this year was definitely not a disappointment. Of course, it was prepare packed and complete mayhem!

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I arrive at 10:30 which was really early, I paid a visit to Joe Strummer mural like I always do and then sat on the park bench. I watched some crazed guy yelling at people walking by and threatening them. Ah, the old New York is still New York it seems. After that, I decided to walk in the fenced in area where they were doing the dog parade. Probably was a good idea to get there early since it was loaded with people soon after. They moved it from 2 years ago so it was more open, but still jammed packed.

Slowly, dogs and their owners came in and I tried to find as many as I could get since I wanted to leave fairly early. I didn’t have a press badge so I had to wait by the entrance and just take pictures out in the court with everybody. It was a bit chaotic trying to get a shot when there’s 20-30 people all trying to get a photo. The biggest draw that I saw was a double decker sightseeing bus that had at least 4 bulldogs in it. There was some awesome costumes like Game of Thrones related ones, a Nemo fish tank one and just loads more. People really wanted those Hamilton tickets.

I couldn’t take the loads of people about 15 minutes after they officially started the parade and judging. I got out of there and it was so crowded, it was spilling out into the sidewalks and streets. There was a line to get inside and a line to get out. Nuts but guess people love their dog costumes! Another fun dog parade gone, bring on next year!

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