Last weekend, more than a 100 pet lovers gathered on the waterfront to celebrate the Hoboken Historical Museum's fourth annual Pet Parade. The Parade helps raise awareness of important role animals play in Hoboken's civic life, and stems from an exhibit, "City Animals," the Museum put together in 2004.
Many of the four-legged participants were rescued from local animal shelters, including the Group Costume trophy winners, the "Convict Vick" team, a colorful and coordinated group including Cooper, a Chinese crested powder-puff, rescued through PetFinder.com; Chino, a poodle mix rescue and Zac, their husky friend. The brains behind the clever theme were Sue Martino and Greg Vilardi.
Congratulations to our other trophy winners: for Best Costume, Lenore Calabrese and Christian Ortiz, who dressed their pug mix, Tiffany, as a chef in a wagon decorated as a convincing pizzeria on wheels. And Marlyn Somera, with her weimeraner, Maddaux, took the Best Pet-Owner Look Alike trophy for their matching bumble bee outfits.
Sponsored by the Hoboken Historical Museum, the Hoboken Dog Association and pet boutique Cornerstone Pets, with support from the City of Hoboken, the Pet Parade wouldn't be possible without the generous support of trophy sponsors, daycare and boarding center Boca's Play-N-Stay (Jersey City) and dog-walking/pet sitting service provider Hoboken Pet Care. Supporting sponsors included local pet hotel/daycare center Hoboken Unleashed; pet boarding/spa/rehabilitation center River Pet Resort and Rehab (Edgewater), both of whom also donated generous raffle prizes; as well as dog-walkers/pet-sitters Above and Beyond Pet Care, veterinarians Animal Infirmary of Hoboken, and pet sitters/dog walkers 4 Paws Nanny Service.
The Museum would also like to thank all the volunteers who helped make this event possible. The Museum is particularly indebted to Lisa Rosynsky, who designed the eye-catching posters, emails and banners, and who coordinated additional volunteer support from the Hoboken Dog Association.
This event continues to grow year over year. Look forward to next year's Pet Parade on October 5th.
Hoboken Historical Museum