2017 WinterFest & Doggie Fashion Parade

WINTER FEST & Doggie Fashion Parade

Free Fun for Families, snow or shine! Sunday, January 29 — 1 to 4 pm

Horse and Carriage rides at Palmer Parks WinterFest Feb 2013WinterFest Sponsors: City of Detroit,
Paws in the D, Razor-K-9, and others.

What: WinterFest & Doggie Fashion Parade
When: Sunday, January 29, 2017, from 1 – 4 pm
Where: Palmer Park, around Lake Francis and near the Log Cabin, Merrill Plaisance, west of Woodward between 6 & 7 Mile Roads, Detroit
Why: To celebrate and appreciate Palmer Park in the winter: highlights include horse and carriage rides, ice skating, pet presentations and doggie parade
Who: All ages, especially children! 
How much: Free (donations requested for certain activities)

One of Detroit’s most beautiful winter playgrounds, Palmer Park, will be filled with magical fun, cold-weather recreation, and a delightful array of animals for its 4th Annual WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade. 

The park will come alive with cross-country skiers, snow shoe travelers, hikers, bonfires, live music in the warm-up tent, arts and crafts, refreshments, and much more free family fun. Old-fashioned horse and carriage rides will travel through the woods, ice skaters will slip and slide on Lake Francis, and crowds will gather for the afternoon’s highlight when People for Palmer Park, the event organizer, presents its 5th Annual Doggie Fashion Parade with its new partner, the Michigan Humane Society.

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will strut their stuff around Lake Francis, wrapped in scarves, cloaks, hats, sunglasses and all manner of creative and fashionable attire to win wonderful treats for themselves and prizes for their owners. 

Pet Food Collection Drive: Please bring any unopened and unexpired dog, cat, puppy or kitty food to donate to Paws in the D for area pet shelters. Food must be in its original package or container to be accepted. Type or brand does not matter; however food must be in its original, unopened container in order to be accepted.

People for Palmer Park’s WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade takes place on the south side of the park adjacent to Merrill Plaisance, which is located just north of McNichols (Six Mile Road) and just west of Woodward Ave. in Detroit. Follow the signs to free parking to the Chess Row parking area or on the street.

SKIING, SNOW SHOEING, ICE SKATING: If mother nature cooperates, guides will lead hikers through the trails. Bring your own cross country skis, boots and snow shoes and lots of warm socks! Bring ice skates to skate on Lake Frances (if conditions of the ice permit). We hope to have seasoned skaters who will be on hand for those new to the ice, and those who need help and encouragement! Careful slipping and sliding without skates is also permitted!

Refreshments, including hot chocolate, soups, sandwiches, and desserts will be available for purchase. Nosh Pit Detroit Food Truck and Mystic Kettle Gourmet Popcorn, will join us with many choices for all eating styles.

HORSE & CARRIAGE RIDES: Pinecrest Percherons and Carriage Service will provide nostalgic horse and carriage rides through the woods for a small donation to PFPP of $5 per adult, $2 per child. Other equestrians friends from the Detroit Mounted Police Dept (located in Palmer Park), have been invited to join us. 

In the Warm-Up Tent: De-frosting fun will be set up at in the warm-up tent, where young violinists and violists from Detroit Youth Volume will perform, children can create dog masks, ears and tails to wear in the pet parade, and PFPP will sell signature hats for humans and bandanas for canines to warm up with. 

DOG PARADE: While costumes are not mandatory, dog owners are updating their dogs’ fashion attire for the stroll on Palmer Park ‘Frosty White Carpet’ that encircles Lake Frances. A suggested donation of $5 per Doggie Parade pet will go into a fund to create a dog park at Palmer Park.

Pet Food Collection: Everyone is encouraged to bring any unopened and unexpired dog, cat, puppy or kitty food to donate to Paws in the D for area pet shelters. Food must be in its original package or container to be accepted.

Pre-registration for dogs and guidelines for safety and behavior can be found online at: peopleforpalmerpark.org/calendar/winterfest-doggie-fashion-parade

Some prizes include:

Leashes from Ray Kerimian’s Razor K-9 Dog Training
Prizes from Premier Pet Supply, 31215 Southfield Road, Beverly Hills, MI

We had great volunteers at WinterFest. Thank you to Keysler Copeland for donating Tim Horton's coffee to keep our volunteers warm, and to Dona Tracey for feeding our volunteers! Photo by © Ayana Miller

We had great volunteers at WinterFest. Thank you to Keysler Copeland for donating Tim Horton’s coffee to keep our volunteers warm, and to Dona Tracey for feeding our volunteers! Photo by © Ayana Miller

Quicken Loans volunteers Sean and Amir joined dozens of volunteers, several hundred attendees, and some 50 dogs at the Second Annual People for Palmer Park WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

Quicken Loans volunteers Sean and Amir joined dozens of volunteers, several hundred attendees, and some 50 dogs at the Second Annual People for Palmer Park WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013. Photo by ©Barbara Barefield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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