Woodruff Park to Host Pet Parade and Costume Contest in Celebration of Dragon Con

May 4,2018

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Woodruff Park to Host Pet Parade and

Costume Contest in Celebration of Dragon Con

Doggy Con pays homage to annual pop culture convention

ATLANTA (May 4, 2018)A signature event in Downtown Atlanta's Woodruff Park, WoodRUFF Bark began in 2017 as a Halloween pet parade and costume contest. For 2018, the park is morphing this pup-centric event into one that is even truer to its Downtown roots.

Meet Doggy Con.

This year's WoodRUFF Bark event is inspired by Dragon Con, one of the world's largest pop culture conventions that attracts thousands of attendees to Downtown each Labor Day Weekend. For Downtowners, Dragon Con is something of a holiday in its own right: a weekend filled with incredible costumes, positive energy, and plenty of fandom.

Save the Date: Doggy Con is bringing pup culture to Woodruff Park on Saturday, August 25 (the weekend before the convention) from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Strut your stuff in your best cosplay costumes before the big convention for a chance to win prizes...and eternal WoodRUFF Bark glory.

Doggy Con will feature a pet parade, costume contest, pup treats, doggy-centric vendors, prizes, and much more. 

Stay tuned for more event details, including registration, in the coming months. For now, mark your calendars and start planning your costumes!

Doggy Con At-A-Glance Details & Schedule

Where: Woodruff Park Main Lawn, 91 Peachtree St NW

When: Saturday, August 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

9:00 a.m. Register your pet for the costume parade

10:00 a.m. Parade begins

11:00 a.m. Prize ceremony

Organizations interested in participating in Doggy Con as vendors can fill out this form. Participation rates are $50 for nonprofits and $100 for all other vendors.

For more information about Woodruff Park, visit www.WoodruffPark.com.

Follow Woodruff Park online at Facebook.com/WoodruffPark and @WoodruffPark on Instagram.

To explore the full lineup of park events, including weekly and monthly programs, visit the Woodruff Park event calendar at http://bit.ly/wpkcalendar.


About Woodruff Park: Woodruff Park is a 6-acre park in the geographic center of Atlanta. Located at the crossroads of commerce, government, and education, it is a natural gathering space for a diverse cross-section of Atlantans and visitors. Originally known as Central City Park in the 1970s, Woodruff Park was created through a generous donation from Robert W. Woodruff, former president of The Coca-Cola Company.  Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Atlanta, the Atlanta Downtown Improvement District (ADID) maintains stewardship of Woodruff Park. ADID is responsible for the park’s daily upkeep and programming, as well as securing and implementing funding for future development. 

About Central Atlanta Progress / Atlanta Downtown Improvement District: Central Atlanta Progress, Inc. is a Downtown business association with approximately 250 members. Its mission is to build a vibrant community with strong leadership and sustainable infrastructure that is safe, livable, diverse, economically viable, accessible, clean, hospitable and entertaining. The Atlanta Downtown Improvement District is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable corporation created by CAP to make Downtown safer, cleaner and more hospitable. Stay connected with us at @DowntownAtlanta.