Save the Date!
Boo-le-Bark on the Boulevard 2019: 4 p.m. Sunday, October 13, rain or shine.
We’re getting the pups back together and hope you’ll join us!
This year we have a theme: Boo-le-Bark Rocks & Rolls!
We can’t wait to see your dogs in their best musically-inspired costumes!
The day’s festivities start at 3:15 p.m. with a canine costume contest, followed by the parade at 4 p.m. They continue afterwards until 6 p.m. at the Canine Carnival (located at Jittery Joe’s Roaster), where parade participants and spectators meet for food, music, fun, and LOTS of photos. The Carnival features a special kids-only zone with games and interactive events.
Registration for the parade is $15 from July 1 – August 31; $20 from September 1 – October 9; and $25 on the day of the parade (if spaces remain). Registration for the canine costume contest is $10 in addition to the parade entry fee.
Prior years’ parades were a great success, with estimates of up to 1000 in attendance each time, including spectators with their own costumed dogs. Flagpole magazine, Athens Banner-Herald and The Red & Black each gave the parade extensive coverage. Also, check out our video!
As in prior years, all parade proceeds benefit Athenspets, the all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping the animals at Athens-Clarke County Animal Control and to preventing pet overpopulation in the Athens area. Last year, Boo-le-Bark raised $7500 for our area’s neediest cats and dogs!
We are hoping you will be a part of the fun this year!
The parade begins at 4:00 at the large parking lot opposite the medical building on Chase Street. The address is 948 Prince Avenue, but you access the lot from Chase Street.
The Costume Contest will also take place (at 3:15) in the same parking lot on Chase Street.
The parade will wind its way through the neighborhood and end up at the Jittery Joe’s Roaster at 425 Barber Street.
Boo-le-Bark is an opportunity for our community to come together over a shared love of dogs in costumes. Please, no political or other divisive displays during the event. Thanks!