More than 500 hundred costumed canines from all over Southern California will take to the streets of Belmont Shore for the 12th Annual Haute Dog Howl’oween Parade kicking off 2:30 p.m. Sunday, October 28 at Livingston Park. Thousands of spectators flock to the parade as well, so plan to walk from your parking spot.
Pronounced “hot dog,” the Haute Dog organization dedicated to dogs is expected to raise as much as $12,000 for animal welfare groups, spay and neuter programs and beach clean-ups. To do so, they are teaming up with Justin Rudd’s Community Action Team (CAT)—a local nonprofit supporting youth, animals and the environment.
Pre-registration is a $10 minimum tax-deductible donation, day-of registration is $20 and for a $500 donation, human/dog duos can reign as Grand Marshall of the parade. Those interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, for very important pooches, VIP registration is available for $35, allowing dogs and their humans to lead the procession of pets as they travel the 5-block route along Park Avenue, Second Street and Livingston Drive.
As we said last year, can there be too many chihuahuas in t-tus? For a sense of the event, check out last year's photo gallery here.
In addition to raising thousands in funds, Howl’oween is also expected to draw thousands of spectators to the Second Street nieghborhood, where they can line for free up to take a gander as man’s best friend takes center stage. Spots can also be reserved for $5.
A giant pumpkin drop signals the start of festivities set to include a Pet Adoption & Vendor Fair, a bulldog kissing booth, bobbing for 'Halloweenies,' a dog treat stacking contest and costume contests for both canines and humans based on “originality, showmanship, detail of costume and first impression”.
Adults and children can compete for free in a categories for cash prizes offered by CAT, with 10 finalists in each age category. Registration takes place at 2 p.m. in the park’s Tot Lot.
The Canine Costume Contest will reward top dog with food, treats, toys and pet supplies while three other categories—best "float" consisting of a dog in a wagon, best "group theme" and best-dressed person—will garner gift certificates.
And while some will go home empty-pawed, the 13 runners-up and winner of the Dog Treat Stacking Contest will also receive prizes.
Other annual Haute Dog events include the Interfaith Blessing of the Animals every first Saturday in October and a Bulldog Beauty Contest on the weekend nearest Valentine's Day.