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Spooky Pooch Parade 2023

Pooches in 2021’s parade. Courtesy of LakewoodAlive.

If you and your dog are looking for something to do next weekend, the 2023 Spooky Pooch Parade is happening on Oct. 14 at Madison Park. It is free for all to attend, but to have a dog in the event, it will cost $10 for early registration and $15 for registration the day of the parade. 

The parade is all about the dogs, as owners dress up their pets in elaborate costumes. Lakewood High School sophomore Kelsey Karban says “My mom takes our dog Binx to the parade and dresses him up as a pineapple.” 

There are a few rules to the parade that are strictly enforced for safety reasons. The first is that all of the dog’s vaccines must be up-to-date. All dogs must wear I.D. tags and a leash as well. The leash can be a max of six feet and cannot be retractable. There are also restrictions on aggressive dogs, dogs in heat, and dogs under four months old.

The event is a fundraiser for local non-profit organization LakewoodAlive. LakewoodAlive is a tremendous organization that supports community events and services. To pre-register and learn more about the parade, you can go to

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Dominic Peck
Dominic Peck is a senior this year. He has been going to Lakewood City Schools his whole life. Dominic plays varsity basketball and lacrosse. After high school, Dominic wants to become an athletic trainer.
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Darien Ferrer is a senior at Lakewood. He loves to play basketball and enjoys spending time outside. He considers himself an expert in things that are video game-related and he knows a lot about sports. After high school, Darien plans to go to culinary school to pursue his love of cooking.  

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