Pug Crawl 2016: Save the Date, You Will
The 16th annual Pug Crawl will take place on May 22, 2016. Theme - STAR WARS: The Pug Awakens
2016 Pug Crawl Details
Location: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
Theme: Star Wars: the Pug Awakens. This year’s Pug Crawl pays homage to all things Star Wars. From Jedis to Siths, droids to Hutts and more, all costumes welcome. The Parade of Pugs is your chance to show off your pug’s best costume that goes with the theme.
New this year: get tickets online in advance here »
Advance ticket sales will close at 11:59 PM on Thursday, May 19.
Activities: There will be live music, and delicious food and drink available for purchase from Portland Brewing Company.
Visit fun pet-related vendors and exhibitors, including:
- Pug-related merchandise for pets & people
- Photo booth
- OHS dogs available for adoption
- Yummy dog treats
- BarkHappy raffle table – prizes include a GoPro and Roomba
- Earn 1 free raffle ticket by registering for event in advance
- Earn 1 free raffle ticket by showing your BarkHappy app at the raffle table
Social: On Instagram and Twitter, tag your Pug Crawl photos and posts with #PugCrawl and see them on our website here!
2015 Pug Crawl Recap
Sunday, May 17, 2015: The weather was sunny and warm, and the event drew the biggest crowd yet, estimated at 1,700 people and 650 dogs. This marked the event as the largest Pug Crawl in the US. A fundraiser for OHS, this year the Pug Crawl raised nearly $16,000 to help pets in need.
Parade of Pugs Costume Winners
Major League Pugs was this year’s costume theme, and attendees saw pugs dressed in nearly every form of athletic attire imaginable. Pugs trotted down NW 31st Ave. (outside Portland Brewing Company) dressed as ballerinas, scuba divers, surfers, weight lifters, cheerleaders and more. The first place pug, Leeloo, drove an electric-powered race car down the parade path. Leeloo’s human companion, Erika Tucker of SE Portland, assisted from outside the race vehicle with frequent doggie treats to keep Leeloo’s steering on track.
The second place award went to pugs Roman and Izzy, costumed as Portland Dragon Boats. The costumes, created by the pug-loving mother-daughter team of Linda and Rachel Baley of Vancouver, honored the annual race held on the Willamette River. Third place went to Kuki the pug, who came attired as a world champion hot dog eater, complete with a dozen hot dogs ready to be consumed. Kuki’s human is Liz Nelson of Vancouver. The winning pugs received special prizes provided by vendors at the Pug Crawl, including LexiDog, Heal Massage and Sit! Stay Pet Photography.
Clever Costumes: What Judges Look For
Judging the Parade of Pugs is no easy task. The 2015 panel of judges, representing LexiDog Boutique and Social Club, KINK fm, Heal Animal Massage and OHS, deliberated long and hard over all the entrants. Factors considered during the costume judging include: interpretation of the theme; creativity; costume stability (few or no stops for adjustments along the route); and the time and effort that went into building the costume.
Previous Pug Crawls – Photo Galleries
View photos from previous Pug Crawls: enjoy the different themes and fabulous costumes, and get inspired for next year’s event.