Canine Promenade Returns to the Esplanade Oct 27

A favorite event of Boston dog lovers, the Esplanade Association’s eighth annual Canine Promenade returns to the park’s Fiedler Field on Saturday, Oct. 27, beginning at noon.

LEGO dog from last year’s event.

The one-half mile, two-hour Halloween costume parade around the Esplanade to benefit the park and highlight it as a resource for dog owners will be led this year by radio personality Kennedy Elsey of Mix 104’s “Karson & Kennedy.” Besides the parade, the Promenade will feature games, demos and giveaways, as well as goodie bags for all attendees, courtesy of Pawsh Dog Boutique, which has partnered with the Esplanade Association on the event since its inception.

Nancy Maida, who owns the dog boutique and salon at 31 Gloucester St. with her husband Mike, said, “Pawsh Dog Boutique is thrilled to partner with the Esplanade Association again this year to help organize the eighth annual Canine Promenade, a great community event that brings together dogs and their owners from all over Greater Boston to celebrate the season, have fun dressing up in costume and support the Esplanade Association’s efforts to improve and protect the park.”

According to Esplanade Association, the Promenade’s goal is to promote the Esplanade as a destination for dog owners, including the newly restored Lotta Fountain, just west of the Esplanade Playspace, which offers a water bowl for canines.

“We are delighted to host dogs (and their owners) for this festive and fun event,” said Kelsey Pramik, the group’s marketing and events manager. “Between the restored Lotta Fountain, 3.2 miles of trails, and a large community of dog-owners who visit the park, the Esplanade is very dog-friendly and we are looking forward to showcasing that on Oct. 27.

While spectators are welcome to attend the Promenade free of charge, all dogs must be registered to be eligible to receive prizes, as well as goodie bags. The fee is $20, plus a $2.85 service fee, for each dog. For more information, visit

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