Runway Ready Rovers Rule as Meatpacking’s Doggie Costume Contest Returns with a New Leash on Life

ALL PHOTOS BY IRI GRECO & JIM FRYER / BrakeThrough Media | www.brakethroughmedia.com | Saturday, October 30: As part of their 11am-5pm pedestrian-friendly Treats in the Streets event, Meatpacking (the Business Improvement District) made up for lost time and then some, when their annual Doggie Costume Contest returned with a stellar lineup of  imaginatively costumed, four-legged competitors who strutted their stuff down the runway on Little West 12th Street.

Court is adjourned: The 2019 winner, Ruth Baderginsbark, ended her unusually long (COVID-caused) 2-year run as Costume Contest winner, happily welcoming the new dog in town. | Photo by Iri Greco & Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media

Looking at the fur fly with particular scrutiny were a panel of all-star judges, introduced by New York State Senator Brad Hoylman. The judging panel was populated by Drag entertainer and content creator Yuhua Hamasaki, color-obsessed fashion influencer Courtney Quinn, and Maxine the Fluffy Corgi (with her owner, Bryan). As you’ll see below, the competition was fierce–but ultimately, three top dogs emerged, with the big winners walking (“walkies”?) away with 1st through 3rd place prizes of, respectively, a one-night stay at the Gansevoort Hotel; a $50 Neighborhood Goods gift card and $30 market cash at Artists & Fleas; and treats from Beasty Feast. And whose tails were wagging in approval? Harper, as a Ghostbuster, took First Place. The Runner-Up was Hulkie, an English Bulldog dressed as a Royal Guard. Third place honors went to Murphy, a golden retriever dressed as a chef (his sister was a lobster). But hey, they’re all winners, as the below photo essay will attest to. Trigger Alert: Risk of cuteness overload is over 100%…

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