Over 100 pups in came out to the Esplanade on Saturday, October 27th to take part in The Esplanade Association’s (TEA) 2nd Annual Canine Promenade, a community event to raise awareness about TEA’s efforts to restore the park, including the historic Lotta Fountain.
TEA Executive Director, Sylvia Salas, welcomed guests to the park and provided some background on TEA before handing it over to the Grand Marshal, The Invisible Woman (played by TEA Project Manager, Jessica Pederson) and her invisible Bishon Frise, Sarah Jessica Barker. In addition to the Invisible Woman, judges for the day included City Councillor Mike Ross, Coco Kouyoumjian and Mary Kate Egan. With so many unique costumes, one more creative than the next, the judges had their work cut out for them.
After the group returned from the 1/2 mile parade route, Arnie Katz of Katz & Dogz Holistic Animal Massage and Instruction shared some tips for giving your dog a massage, demonstrating on some some willing promenade participants. After the judges deliberated, Councillor Ross announced the 2012 costume winners:
Best Individual Costumes
1. Timothy the Chihuahua as a Duck Boat (Donna Leeming, Owner)
2. Summer as Zoltar the Fortune Teller (Rose Mitchell, Owner)
3. Max the Yellow Labrador as Big Bird (Shannon Leeming, Owner)
Best Group Costumes
1. Riggsley the Boxer & Louis the Yorkshire Terrier as the Heavyweight and Featherweight Champ with their coaches (Kim Buder & Amanda Hall, Owners)
2. Shaunnessy the Chocolate Lab as a UPS Truck, with the truck driver and parcel (Leo White & Jessica White, Owners)
3. Murphy the Superhero with Captain America & Wonder Woman (Mike Moegelin & Martha Teflorio, Owners)
Thank you all who joined us for some fun and to raise money for our work on the Esplanade! We would also like to thank our event supporters: Alex & Ani, Persona Salon, JM Curley’s, Smoothie King, Boloco, My Wonderful Dog, Katz & Dogz, Starbucks, Pretzel Crisps and Community Boating, Inc. And last but not least, a special thanks to our event partners at Pawsh Dog Boutique and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation who went above and beyond to make this a fun community event.