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Costumed Canines Strut Their Stuff in Tompkins Square Park Halloween Parade

By DNAinfo Staff on October 23, 2010 3:13pm  | Updated on October 25, 2010 7:02am

By Yepoka Yeebo

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

MANHATTAN — Doggie witches, ghouls and superheroes got Halloween off to an early start Saturday at the Tompkins Square Park Dog Halloween Parade.

Allegra Baldwin said she was inspired to dress up her four-year-old pooch Lola in honor of a certain New York pop artist with a similar hairdo.

"It's Andy Woof-hol," said Baldwin, 29, referring to avant-garde artist Andy Warhol, "I flip her hair forward all the time, and I was thinking, who does she look like?"

Jane Parrie said she hand-made her terrier's pumpkin costume. "It took hours," she said. "But he's gorgeous."

Paul Kerr said he didn't go to that much effort. "They had the costumes at the groomers," he said pointing to two Chihuahuas in princess costumes.

"Who knew?"

The best dressed pooches won prizes at the 20th annual event, held at the park's dog run.

One pooch dressed as Wonder Woman attracted a crowd.

"She's a strong, independent girl, so I thought 'Wonder Woman,'" said owner Tony Urbina, 30, from Chelsea.

Apollo, 9, was squirming as owner Emi Koigumi tried to tie on a feathered collar.

"We've been doing this for three, four years. We call it the little birdie costume," said Kolgumi, who lives in the East Village. "I think it's fun for them to dress up like the kids do."