At parade’s end there was a “doggie sit” game and a “best trick” contest before prizes for best costumes were announced. Emcee for the afternoon, radio personality Trish Bush, above right, kept spectators entertained with her dry sense of humor.
2017 Canine Costume Contest judges, above, are listed as Aundrea Gonzaque of Wolfgang’s Pet Stop, Julie Birkemeier of Mutton Chops Pet Services, Mary Kraemer of MK Accounting & CWEnder Ken Jones. As soon as I get clarification of who’s who and who’s missing in the photo above, I’ll edit this section.
In the meantime, here are photos of the fantastically imaginative costumes the judges chose for top prizes.
This little dachshund’s owner, below, disguised her pet’s handicap by turning its usual mode of transportation (wheels) into a winning costume, Wieners on Wheels.
Following the kids parade, neighborhood canines were readied for their runway moment.
Enterprising young Pershing Place residents set up a concession stand along the parade route to benefit Stray Rescue. Hot chocolate, apple cider, and dog treats were offerings of the day.
Some of the many Canine Costume Contest participants:
In spite of the weather, spirits were high among the large numbers of people who participated in Saturday’s Halloween events in the Central West End. Morning dawned cold and grey and remained that way throughout the day. Nevertheless, there were still hundreds who participated in both the kids’ and canine costume parades at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. respectively. When night fell a huge crowd gathered around the stage at Maryland and Euclid Avenues as the “legendary” adult costume contest took place. Most stayed late into the night dancing in the streets to DJ Agile One’s beats.
Many thanks to CWE North Community Improvement District, producers Frances Thompson and Dennis Gorg, and sponsors of the day’s activities, including Budweiser, Shriners Hospital for Children, Busey Bank, Washington University Redevelopment Corporation, Lofts@Euclid, Johnny Brock’s, and St. Louis Earth Day.
Families met at 11 a.m. at The McPherson Lot between Euclid and Taylor Avenues.
Several of the costumes were homemade including the elaborate replica of the Titanic, above.
The crew from the Shriners’ Hospital for Children. When I thanked them for their generosity in participating, the man far right said, “Anything for the children.”