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Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr. invites Essex County dog owners to display their creativity and participate in Strut Your Mutt, Essex County’s Annual Canine Halloween Costume Parade and Contest. Because of the Coronavirus pandemic, pre-registration of all entries is required; there will be no in-person registration on the day of the parades. To register, visit Participation is free. The costume parades and contests will be held as follows:

Parade #1
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Place: Essex County Brookdale Dog Park
Grove Street, Montclair, NJ

Parade #2
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 1 p.m.
Place: Essex County Branch Brook Dog Park
Branch Brook Park West near Heller Parkway, Newark, NJ

Parade #3
Date: Sunday, October 25, 2020
Time: 11 a.m.
Place: Essex County Grover Cleveland Park
Brookside Avenue, Caldwell/Essex Fells, NJ

“The Essex County Strut Your Mutt Canine Halloween Costume Contests have become popular places for dog owners to bring their faithful companions, show off their creative talents, celebrate their pets and share a happy event with other dog owners,” DiVincenzo said.

Strut Your Mutt is a free event. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. For more information, please call 973-268-3500.

The Essex County Park System was created in 1895 and is the first county park system in the United States. It has been expanded to include about 6,000 acres of land. There are 23 parks, five reservations, an environmental center, a zoo, Treetop Adventure Course, ice skating rink, roller skating rink, three public golf courses, golf driving range, two miniature golf courses, five dog parks, a castle and the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens. Essex County’s five dog parks are located in Branch Brook Park in Newark, Hilltop Reservation in North Caldwell, Brookdale Park in Bloomfield/Montclair, South Mountain Reservation in Maplewood/Millburn and Watsessing Park in Bloomfield/East Orange.