Come out and join more than 10,000 dog-lovers who will see more than 100 dogs in the Turtle Creek Association’s 25th Annual free Easter in the Park Pooch Parade on Easter Sunday, April 4. Nothing embodies the diversity and creativity of Dallas’ citizens better than this popular annual event that brings together families, children, dogs and bonnets for a free and entertaining afternoon of music and picnics. The fun begins as thousands of Dallasites gather to form a patchwork sea of picnic blankets at Lee Park, followed by the beloved Pooch Parade which features hundreds of pooches as they make their way down the parade promenade, adorned in fashions ranging from interpretations of sunflowers to ballerina tutus.
The afternoon of Easter Sunday the pampered pups will be dressed up by, and sometimes with, their owners in costumes as part of the Pooch Parade and Costume Contest. Dogs will be adorned in Easter bonnets, boas, tutus, themed outfits, and some will sport custom hair-cuts and even dye jobs. This hilarious and family-oriented Dallas tradition begins at 1 p.m. with the Pooch Parade and is followed by the traditional Dallas Symphony Orchestra playing light classics and pop favorites during an outdoor concert at 3 p.m.
Held at Lee Park, both events are free and open for the public to attend and enjoy. There is a $10 registration fee for dogs entering each category of the Pooch Parade and Costume Contest. Dogs of every breed and size who register for the Costume Contest will be judged in the following four categories: Best Dressed Dog, Best Owner/Pet Look-Alike, Best Little Dog, Best Big Dog.
This fun, beloved and family-oriented celebration benefiting the Turtle Creek Association usually attracts more than 10,000 attendees. Guests are invited to bring blankets and picnic lunches or purchase food from a variety of vendors on-site.
Rain venue: Unleashed Indoor Dog Park, 5151 Samuell Blvd., 214-388-0701
11 a.m.: Dog Registration for Pooch Parade
12:45 p.m.: Parade of Adoptable Dogs
1 p.m.: Pooch Parade
3 p.m.: Dallas Symphony Orchestra concert
Robert E. Lee Park
3000 Turtle Creek Boulevard,
between Lemmon and Hall
For more information, call 214-526-2800 or visit www.turtlecreekassociation.org.