Annual Jamaica Plain Canine Costume Parade returns

Special to the Gazette 

     This year is the 19th running of the Annual Jamaica Plain Canine Costume Parade. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 28, and will feature a parade down Centre Street with music from JP Honk and a police escort. The parade culminates in a red carpet walk at Loring Greenough House, with judging and prizes awarded for the best costume.

     The Dog Parade is a neighborhood favorite. Dogs and owners in their finest costumes walk along Centre Street, where spectators gather to see the parading pooches. The event is helmed and MC’ed by Brad Brown, owner of Blue Frog Bakery. Costumes are judged by local celebrities, and prizes are awarded to the top three costumes. 100% of all $10 entry fees go to the City of Boston Animal Shelter, in the form of gift cards to our local pet stores.

     The event will take placeon  Saturday, Oct. 28, 12:00-2:00pm (rain date: Sunday, Oct. 29).

      Registration starts at First Baptist Church, 633 Centre St, at 12noon. The parade commences at 1:00pm to Loring Greenough House. The dogs will walk the Red Carpet upon arrival at Loring Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain.

     For the third year in a row, Sazama Real Estate and TCB – The Cooperative Bank are exclusive sponsors of the Dog Parade! The parade is hosted by JP Centre/South Main Streets and the JP Business & Professional Association.

     Pets and humans must register to be eligible for the costume contest. However anyone may march in the parade. The parade will begin at approximately 1:00 PM at the First Baptist Church. Winners will be announced at the end of the parade.

            JP Centre/South Main Streets is a volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to bring residents, businesses, and the City of Boston together to guide the growth of Jamaica Plain’s Centre and South Streets’ business district. In partnership with Boston Main Streets, we provide a direct conduit to the City of Boston, provide technical assistance to help new businesses succeed, and create and promote community events that sustain the Centre/South corridor.

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