Neighborhoods

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

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It’s the best parade in the city, paws down. Now in its 24th season, in a city where dogs are dressed in clothes year-round, the costumes at the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade are more creative than ever. Last year we saw a lot of TV stars—among them the “Hounds of Anarchy” and Cersei Lannister from “Game of Bones”— three separate “Barksy” pups toting tiny spray paint bottles, Zoltar complete with his booth and crystal ball, and a too-adorable-to-drink pumpkin spice latte. The winners of the costume contest were a team of chihuahuas as a lobster bake (one was the chef, the other the lobster getting baked), a costume of astronomical cuteness that’s going to be hard to top. Craft a buddy costume with your pooch or arrive early and stake out a spot on the sidelines to watch the hundreds of contestants and their walkers. Smiles are pretty much involuntary.

Sat., Oct. 25, noon, 2014