Registration for the parade and the costume contest is now open!
Parade registration fee: $10 through October 12. $15 on day of parade.
Costume Contest registration fee: $5 through October 12. $10 on day of parade.
Maximum of 2 dogs per handler. (All handlers must be 18 years of age or older.)
Registration is not complete and no spot is reserved until payment is made.
PLEASE READ THE RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING.
Rules and Guidelines:
The rules and guidelines are to ensure the safety, enjoyment, and respect of all visitors, dogs, the environment and business establishments nearby in the neighborhood. By registering your dog you agree to the following:
- All dogs on the parade route must be registered. Registration of dog(s) must be completed prior to parade. Registration closes once 150 dogs are registered.
- All handlers must be at least 18 years old and must check in the day of the event to receive their Registration Tag.
- All handlers must sign the Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form.
- All children walking in the parade who are under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
- No more than two dogs permitted per handler.
- Dogs must be kept within the designated staging, parade, and ending location while participating in the parade.
- Dog handlers are required to clean up after their dogs with pet waste bags and dispose waste in the designated receptacles.
- Dogs must have a current rabies vaccination and be wearing a rabies tag.
- No throwing of candy or dog treats.
- Parade registration tag(s) must be worn at all times by the handler.
- Dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet in length; no retractable leashes.
- Dogs wearing shock collars are not permitted.
- The dog’s behavior is the responsibility of the owner, and control of animals must be maintained at all times. Participants/dogs will be required to leave if the dog shows any signs of aggression toward people or other animals.
- If your dog is nervous in large crowds, please consider leaving him/her at home.
- No dogs in heat.
- The parade may be cancelled in the event of severe weather or by the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government in connection with COVID-19 restrictions and no refunds will be issued.
- Dogs must remain leashed and attended at all times.
- Don’t assume all dogs are friendly. Always ask before interacting with a dog.
- Maintain a minimum of 3 feet between the dog(s) you are handling and all other dogs while walking in the parade.
- Wear sensible shoes so you can handle your dog in a safe manner.
- If your dog is stressed or overwhelmed, move off to the side for a moment and take a break.
- Most importantly, use good judgment on all matters concerning your dog.
PLEASE NOTE: In the event of severe weather or if required by the Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Boo-le-Bark will be cancelled with no refunds given.
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!