Dog owners celebrate Howl-O-Ween
Park City loves to celebrate holidays and Halloween is not different.
On Monday, Historic Main Street will close at 3 p.m. for Halloween on Main that will include trick or treating for kids at participating merchants.
Then at 4:45 p.m., local dog owners will converge under the pedestrian bridge on lower Main Street for the Howl-O-Ween dog parade that will kick off at 5 p.m., said parade coordinator Colleen McGinn.
“People don’t need to register their dogs for the parade,” McGinn said during a Park Record interview. “They just need to show up in costume. And if both dog and owner are in costume, it makes it all that more fun.”
The parade will start with a number by the “Thriller” workshop dancers.
“They will do a routine and then lead the parade up Main Street to Heber Avenue,” McGinn said.
Limited parking is available at the China Bridge parking garage, but additional free parking is available at Park City Mountain Resort, according to McGinn.
“We are also encouraging people to walk, ride bikes, carpool or ride the bus into Old Town,” she said.
McGinn said she is looking forward to seeing the different costumes.
“People go all out with their dog costumes, but we all do,” she said with a laugh. “This is Park City and we always put on a good show no matter what we do — whether it’s the Fourth of July or the Howl-O-Ween Dog Parade.”
One of the best costumes last year was an Elvis dog, whose owner was dressed up as Paul Stanley of Kiss.
“The dog was dressed up as the Las Vegas Elvis and he had that sparkling white cape,” McGinn said. “It was so awesome.”
McGinn looks forward to the Howl-O-Ween dog parade is every year, and she is happy to coordinate the event.
“People up here get into the spirit and I love living up here and I like providing opportunities for people to have fun,” she said. “I moved to Park City seven years ago, and for five of those years I would show up with my dog Porter and there wouldn’t be any organization, so I reached out to the Historic Park City Alliance last year, and here I am.”
There were about 150 participants last year and McGinn expects more this year.
“I love being a fly on the wall and watching everyone’s reaction to the dogs and ‘Thriller’ dancers,” she said.
McGinn urges owners to keep tabs on their pups when they are participating in the parade.
“I know that many dog owners are responsible people and that they know their dogs to the point where if their dogs don’t get along with other dogs that they will shy away from the event,” she said.
Also, no cats are allowed in the parade.
“I’m all for equality for all humans and animals, but I would be worried about bringing cats to the parade because some of the dogs may not respond well to them,” McGinn said. “Maybe we’ll have to start a cat parade.”
Main Street will close between 3-7 p.m. for the annual Park City Halloween on Main Street celebration on Monday, Oct. 31. The annual Howl-O-Ween parade will start at 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.historicparkcityutah.com.
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