Tompkins Square Dog Parade Draws Thousands After Near Cancellation

After almost being canceled because of financial constraints, about 15,000 people and more than 600 pups turned out for the annual parade on Saturday — nearly doubling last year’s attendance.

Despite the gray skies and light drizzle, costumed dogs strutted along for the Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday as they have for more than three decades. But for the first time since the event’s inception, they had an official parade route.

The dogs came on floats, leashes and in their owners’ arms — but they almost didn’t come at all.

Organizers of the East Village event nearly canceled it this year after outgrowing their location in Tompkins Square. What started

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