Pug Crawl 2015 Sets New Records
The 15th annual Pug Crawl at Portland Brewing Company in NW Portland was a major success.
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 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.
Crowd and judge favorites included: a pair of surfer pugs in doggles and life vests; the World’s Strongest Pug with barbells to prove it; Portland Timbers concessions vendors and (separately) a Timber “Jojo” pug with log slice; an Oregon Duck football outfit (the pug was the football); a crew of Oregon State Beavers; a pair of luchadores; a skydiving pug with a little tandem partner; Hulk Pugan in his “HULKAMANIA” wrestling ring; a hockey pug-ck and Zamboni pug; a “Pug-eot” bicycle with sidecar for the pug; and many other fun, creative, and clever handmade costumes. The judges enjoyed so many of the costumes that the finalist showcase was expanded to include eight entrants, rather than the usual five. See more of the fun outfits below.
See all our event photos online here – you can view them all, and purchase digital downloads, prints, and even some fun sports-themed memorabilia if you like.
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2015 Pug Crawl Details
Date: Sunday, May 17, 2015, 12-4 pm (rain or shine)
Parade of Pugs starts at 2 pm
Location: Portland Brewing Company Taproom, 2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland, OR 97210
Theme: Major League Pugs. This year’s Pug Crawl is an opportunity to let your pug’s inner athlete shine! All pugletes are welcome, from baseball players to figure skaters to sumo wrestlers. The Parade of Pugs is your chance to show off your pug’s best costume that goes with the theme.
Cost: $10 entry for all people over 10 (children 10 and under can participate for free – as can all dogs). All proceeds benefit the pets at OHS. (Pay/donate when you arrive at the event; no online pre-payment needed.)
Who: People of all ages; dogs welcome! The Parade of Pugs is open only to pugs and pug-mixes, but any dog-friendly dogs are welcome at the event.
Activities: There will be live music by Midnight Honey, and delicious food and beer 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
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.