UPPER EAST SIDE — Happy Cinco de Barko!
Neighborhood grooming salon Doggie-Do & Playtime Too, on East 76th Street, is inviting festive fidos to toast Cinco de Mayo with "barkaritas" at a benefit party Thursday evening.
Thirsty pups will be able to lap at the kale-containing beverage, prepared by organic dog chef Kevyn Matthews, as they celebrate the Mexican holiday, said Doggie-Do co-owner Louis D'Alessio.
"It's all natural," D'Alessio, 35, said. "It's of course non-alcoholic."
Dog owners will be able to sip their own margaritas and sangria at the fete, scheduled for 6 p.m. at the 348 E. 76th St. shop.
"We're going to have Mexican music playing," D'Alessio said. "We're encouraging people to bring their dogs dressed up in a Mexican costume, or at least a sombrero."
The party aims to raise funds for K9 Kastle, a small rescue organization located in the East Village.
The event is a themed version of Doggie-Do's "Yappy Hour" parties, pooch-friendly socials that occur several Thursdays each month.
Between 50 and 75 people — and many dogs — are expected, D'Alessio said.
Though the event is free, proceeds from raffle tickets will go toward the charity, and prizes include T-shirts and grooming services, he said.
Doggie-Do also promises a fun party game at its first-ever Cinco de Mayo event: limbo for both canines and their keepers.
"You're going to have to bribe them to get them across the threshold," he said of the limbo stick. "We'll put a treat on the other end to see how good they can get down.
"Some dogs, they can get pretty low on the ground."
This is not the first time Doggie-Do has done a themed Yappy Hour, D'Alessio said.
The shop recently hosted an ice cream social, as well as a Harlem Shake shindig.
"We had the dogs come and dressed them up in costumes," he said.