Atlanta’s Woodruff Park will host a Dragon Con-style pet costume party

WoodRuff Bark is the iconic event at Woodruff Park in downtown Atlanta, starting in 2017 with a Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Competition. This year, the park is turning this puppy-centric activity into a more real event than its downtown roots: Doggy Con.

WoodRuff Bark invites Metro Atlantaers and their four-legged friends to spend a fun morning with dog friends, including pet parades, costume contests, dog center suppliers, prizes and more. Doggy Con will be held at 91 Peachtree St. NW on the main lawn of Woodruff Park from 9 am to noon on August 18.

Inspired by Dragon Con, Doggy Con is one of the world’s largest pop culture conferences, attracting thousands of participants during the Labor Day weekend. For many Atlantaers, Dragon Con has become an independent festival with quirky outfits, festive atmosphere and plenty of fans.

Participants must register to participate in the Doggy Con apparel competition. Register $10 at before August 16 or register for $15 on the spot. All funds raised by the event will be returned directly to support Woodruff Park.

The event will be rain or shine. It will start at 9 am and be used for bib picking of costume parades (also available for walking registration). The parade began at 10 am and the award ceremony was held at 11 am.

The top 25 registered participants will receive a special tote bag that includes Rach al Duggan’s activity illustrations. The prizes include two five-day Dragon Con passes, as well as Big Daddy Biscuits, The Whole Dog Market and more. All participants will receive free Woodruff Park and Dragon Con giveaways.

The competition categories include Best in Show, Best Doggie / Owner “Con-bo” and Best Cosplay Costume.

In addition to being part of the dog costume parade, attendees will also enjoy cub products from these suppliers: Ruff Day Bandanas, WildPic Art Publishing, Pop Paracording, Jazzy Pawz by Andrea, 8SweetTreats and King of Pups.

Community partners for the event include Atlanta Rescue DogCafé, LifeLine Animal Project and Dragon Con.

The judges of the costume competition are Karen Anderson of Tiny Doors ATL; owners of Brandon Ley and Johnny Martinez, Joystick Gamebar and Georgia Beer Garden; and Reuben the Batdog, a local Instagram celebrity dog.

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