Six-year-old Hailey Nyberg’s eyes widened with joy when she walked Friday evening into Chute Square.
“I’ve never seen so many dogs!” marveled Nyberg, below right.
The fourth annual Northeast Dog Parade was a dream come true for her and other dog-lovers, hundreds of whom gathered at the park for pre-parade conversation and fun.
Pete Zimpelman, below, with his Pekingese dog friend Romeo.
The event attracted lots of young Northeast couples, like Adam and Lori Vander Poel, who brought their dog Dosh.
Below, Margaret the baby got to know Dixie the sweet rescue dog.
After sufficient sniffing and socializing, the crowd — escorted by the Minneapolis Police Department — left the park and headed down the business district’s sidewalks.
Along the way, this large Great Dane attracted the attention of a young diner sitting outside the Bulldog N.E.
There were trophies for the most distinguished dogs…
…like Jewel, who won Best Dog Trick for her ability to hug on command.
Jewel’s achingly cute skills even trumped those of Cosmo the jumper, below, who had won the Best Trick contest in recent years.
At first it was hard to tell whether this exceedingly cute Pomerian was real or stuffed.
Many pet-friendly businesses were there, like the ladies of Sidewalk Dog — below left, Meredeth Barzen, and Ali Jarvis.
Bone Adventure’s Brian Fulmer passed out neighborhood-themed treats. Below, Scoops sizes up Fulmer’s homemade confection before snarfing it down, deeming the crunchy puppy biscuit — as well as the evening as a whole — a delicious neighborhood success.
Don’t see your dog? Find more photos from the parade here.