It was a blast in West End on Saturday as doggies, and some owners dressed up for the 7th annual Pooch Parade, sponsored by the Greater Long Branch Chamber of Commerce and the City of Long Branch.
The parade went off without a hitch or nips, but there were a few yips. Dogs
of all sizes strutted down Brighton Avenue. Before and after they did their
thing there was plenty to keep everyone occupied.
Brighton Ave was closed to traffic and was lined with booths filled with crafts, a stand for pumpkin painting, face painting, fire truck rides, touch a truck, all the shops were open and of course there were all the makings in case someone wanted to make a scarecrow. Plenty of original and clever hay-stuffed figures in the park waiting to be judged as to who was the best. It was to be a hard choice. Although The LINK’s favorite was Auntie in her housecoat having a cup of morning Joe and, of course, reading the latest copy of The LINK News.
After the dapper doggies were judged the band Golden Seal set up in the band shell and kept everyone entertained the rest of the afternoon.
1st – Pug Bella with owner Michelle Fugett were both in adorable matching pirate costumes. Bella ended up taking first place for best costume.
2nd – Taking second place was Benjie dressed in a grass skirt, with Lia Parameritis from Bridgewater.
1st – The first place summersaulting scarecrow was made by Donald DeVingo.
2nd – Second place scarecrow was everyone’s favorite aunt who likes to have a hot cup of coffee and read The LINK News in the morning by Colette with Grandma Lisa Milani of Long Branch.
3rd – Brenna Machado took third place with Jessie Shopper