Make America great dane again: Brooklyn dog parade elects ruler

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The presidential game was referenced in Fort Greene park on Saturday but it didnt reign the happen, as owners and canines garmented to amaze the judges

In an election year interspersed by allegations of carnal abuse, challenges that political opponents be incarcerated and the lampoon of the disabled, there appears to be little greater catharsis for New Yorkers than garmenting up dogs as llamas or Cyndi Lauper in the name of good-natured competition.

On Saturday, the 18th annual Great Pupkin event in Brooklyn followed the popular Halloween dog parade at Tompkins Square Park merely a few weeks prior. Dog costumes were not confined to the spooky and catered an appropriate level of surrealism to what has been a preferably incongruous year.

The Brooklyn event attracted several thousand hound lovers but, perhaps surprisingly, there werent many Donald Trumps. The referendum was ever present, though: one puppy was presented onstage in a basket of puppies, under the claim a basket of adorables.

Another mutt was plied a poncho, the refer bad hombre and a mansion that spoke I can mine for the purposes of the wall. The gestures werent exclusively to American politics one dame opted to dress as Elizabeth II, cover a union jack over her pup and accommodate a sign that said Barxit.

There were nods to titans of politics and amusement, with a George Washington hound accompanied by its tricorn-hat-wearing owner, and an impressive Prince curly wig and violet outfit sported by a French bulldog.

We were thinking of going with David Bowie but Prince just seemed a bit more iconic, said the dogs proprietor, Sarah.

As each of the 135 rivalling pups was introduced to a raucous crowd the field was pared from last years 165 it was clear this was a very modern Brooklyn affair. The recent gentrification of the country, Fort Greene, is obvious but was rammed home by the number of puppies dressed as pumpkin spiced lattes. Another dog was garmented as a lobster, its owners chefs, to suit the topic ocean to table.

One family decided to go all in on Werner Herzog, or Werner Herzdog, catering a cardboard backdrop of the Andes and immense cue posters with references from the German chairmen wield. The children appeared to be as enthusiastic about Herzog, or maybe just Herzdog, as their parents.

To acquire the top pillage of a baggage of hound treats, a special effort is necessary. The representing endorse, dressed as a cultivating piano last year, was a strong favourite after arriving as a chainsaw, terminated with motor sounds and a handler garmented as a lumberjack.

A sense of theater is too a crowd favourite: one group made a long silver cardboard passageway, embraced it in silver and announced it the shrink-o-matic, in which a large dog was fed into one objective and a smaller one emerged from the other side. An improvised milk van was exaggerated by a Pomeranian which posed with milk bottles on its back.

But the clear winners were a pair who dressed their nine-year-old Yorkshire terrier Chester as a llama. Chester was placed upon the torso of a llama on wheels, acting as its cervix and front, while his owneds supported the topic by wearing a poncho and an lengthened llama honcho and white-painted face, respectively. The exertion was dubbed Doggy Llama.

Carrie was traveling in Peru and imagined Chester had a llamas face, said Alex, the poncho wearer. Chester sobs if hes dressed up, so we thought wed do this. Plus, its more funny this way.

It took us about a week to put it together. Its a great community affair. We had a Star Wars theme last year but it didnt go as well. We is necessarily have to figure out “what were doing” next year now.

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