Pooches at the ready for ‘Pawrade’

PAWrade_webKEARNY – 

Get your favorite pooch into the Halloween spirit at the 2nd annual Kearny Doggie Halloween PAWrade and Festival, Saturday, Oct. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arlington Depot Park (north of Midland Ave., between Elm and Forest Sts.).

Costumed-clad pooches, their families and dog lovers of all ages are invited to the event, which is sponsored by the Kearny Urban Enterprise Zone, K-9 Corner and Bone Appetit Spa and Dog Barkery. The festival will take place rain or shine. And even if you don’t have a dog of your own, the PAWrade should not be missed!

“The event was such a success last year, we had a lot of people asking to bring it back,” said John Peneda, KUEZ coordinator. “It proved to be a perfect way to energize the town, as well as attract new visitors to showcase Kearny as a great place to work, shop and play.”

A Doggie Halloween Costume Contest will highlight the festival. Registration is free, but space is limited, so early registration is strongly advised. Forms are available online now at www.kearnynj.org and at Town Hall, 402 Kearny Ave., and the K-9 Corner, 169 Midland Ave. Proof of a current dog license and up-to-date rabies vaccine are required. No exceptions.

Some spots may be available on the day of the event, but registrations will be accepted from 10 to 11:30 a.m. only. You must have your proper paperwork with you.

PAWrade Prizes will be awarded in two divisions (dogs over and under 40 lbs.), compliments of Bone Appetit Barkery, K-9 Corner, Pet Mate and ShopRite of Kearny.

The festival will also feature:

• Pet adoptions from the Bergen County Animal Shelter

• Airbrush dog tattoos sponsored by Bone Appetit

• Doggie photo booth sponsored by K9 Corner

• “Creepy Crawly” Parasite Display, Arlington Dog & Cat Hospital

• Agility demos by Hanlon’s K9s

• Fire safety tips with Kearny Fire Department

• Info booth from the NJSPCA and Kearny TNR

• Meet and greet Snoopy, courtesy of the Kearny Public Library

• Meet and greet Coby the therapy dog

• Doggie massages hosted by Holsman Physical Therapy

• Personalized pet photo ornaments from Plastercraft

• Doggie treats for sale at Bone Appetit

• Kiddie face painting, West Hudson Arts & Theater Co.

• Pitty (Pit Bull) Kissing fundraising booth

• Dog supplies for sale, Midtown Pharmacy

Festival-goers are welcome to bring leashed dogs to the event, but only one dog per handler; handlers must be over the age of 18.

Overflow parking will be available at the Gunnell Oval (entrance on Schuyler Ave. at Oakwood Ave.).

For additional information, call 201-955-7981 or e-mail Pawrade@kearnynj.org.

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