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Second Annual Dog Prom in Grand Circus Park to Attract Area’s Finely Dressed Pooches

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The most striking canines of Metro Detroit will don their finest attire for the second annual Dog Prom in Grand Circus Park on Saturday, June 30, right in The District Detroit.

Organized by the Downtown Detroit Partnership and collaborator NKSK Events + Productions, the free event will bring together pooches of all sizes for a contest that will ultimately select a Royal Court: a king, queen, prince and princess.

“It’s a great free afternoon of fun for dogs and for humans. And it is great opportunity for socializing for your pet,” said Ndidka Vernon, a program manager at NKSK Events + Productions. “We’re going to have a really good time. Our prizes have improved and our games have gotten even better.”

Last year, about 50-75 dogs participated, Vernon said.

This year’s Dog Prom will run from 2-4 p.m., with the contest beginning around 3 p.m. Organizers encourage participants to arrive early for registration.

The contest will begin with introductions from the canines and their owners, who will walk a red carpet inside the common’s dog park. Following introductions, participants will cast votes, ultimately awarding four winners. The front-runners will receive gift bags stuffed with toys and treats.

Dog Prom festivities include bowling, a hula hoop contest and a frisbee game.

Local pet supply stores City Bark and Cass Corridogs will supply prizes for the games. And internationally-known DJ Invisible, a Musical and Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State and the tour DJ for hip-hop artist XZIBIT, will spin music.

Bow Wow Baketique of Grosse Pointe Woods will provide prom-themed treats for the dogs, while Good Cakes and Bakes of Detroit will serve cupcakes for owners, Vernon said.

Owners should keep their dogs on a leash when not inside the dog park. For more information, contact 313-432-8552 or contact@downtowndetroitparks.com.

Additional programming for dogs and their owners in Grand Circus Park this summer will include a Hawaiian luau in July and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day event in August, Vernon said.

Grand Circus Park, the half-moon shaped public common nestled in the historic Grand Circus Park Historic District, will also host free yoga activities this summer. From 7-8 p.m. Sunday, July 1, Citizens Yoga will host evening yoga on the lawn. The YMCA will run another evening yoga session the following day, Monday, July 2, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Yoga classes will continue throughout the summer, along with the Thursday evening music series, Summer Street Eats and Sounds. On Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., a variety of food trucks will serve delectable fare while the city’s best jazz, classical, swing and pop entertainers showcase talent outdoors.

About The District Detroit

The District Detroit is a dynamic urban destination in the heart of Detroit. One that includes something for everyone—a dense neighborhood experience with a variety of developments alongside Detroit’s premier sports and entertainment venues. Connecting downtown Detroit to growing nearby neighborhoods such as Midtown, Corktown and Brush Park, The District Detroit is having a dramatic economic impact on Detroit and is a driving catalyst of the city’s remarkable resurgence. The District Detroit will deliver $1.4 billion in new investment to Detroit including the new Little Caesars Arena, Mike Ilitch School of Business at Wayne State University and Little Caesars world headquarters campus expansion. Additionally, new office, residential and retail spaces will continue to add momentum to Detroit’s amazing comeback for years to come.