The Slope is puttin’ on the Dog!!
Kicking Off Park Slope 5th Avenue’s SUMMER STROLLS
Saturday July 155-9pm
Freddy’s Bar, Park Slope 5th Avenue bet. 17-18 Streets
Brooklyn, NY June 27 – Freddy’s Bar in Park Slope has cult notoriety and a colorful history that stretches back to prohibition. On July 15, it will also have a parade of costumed canines when the Park Slope 5th Avenue BID Summer Strolls kick off with Freddy’s Bar 4th Annual Doggy Fashion Show. The street will be closed to cars but open to canines, with the obligatory red-carpet entrance, step-and-repeat for pupperazzi, free doggy swag and an onsite animal adoption center. Admission is FREE.
The popular dolled-up doggy competition features fashionable Fido’s strutting their stuff on the “catwalk” for prizes and a good cause, says Freddy’s co-owner and paw-ganizer Donald O’Finn. “This year we’ll have an even higher stage to provide more space and superior pooch visibility plus a better sound system so no dog goes unheard.”
Providing a play-by-play of the parade of mutt-couture will be comics Jim Search(finalist on NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity) and Courtney Maginnis (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, College Humor and NPR), who will serve as emcees.
O’Finn counsels dog owners to think big. “We encourage all contestants to work it, because you get only one entrance. There is no such thing as too extreme.”
Freddy’s Doggy Fashion Show serves as the unofficial kick-off of Park Slope Fifth Avenue’s Summer Strolls – four FREE giant block parties when Fifth Avenue is closed to cars and open to dogs – as well as drink, dancing, live music, food, fashion and fun. Summer Strolls feature food and drink from local bars and restaurants served open air, outdoor sales from local shops, vintage car show, giant street chess, street yoga, giant rock climbing wall, bouncy house, mini golf, photo booth and a pop-up park-in-the-street (a 79′ turf lawn unrolled on the street sponsored by TD Bank).
The first two Summer Strolls are scheduled for South Slope on 5th Avenue between 12-18 Streets July 15 and July 29, with two more in North Slope August 19 and 26 on 5th Avenue between Dean and Sterling. Summer Strolls are sponsored by the NYC D.O.T. as part of their Weekend Walks program.
Freddy’s 4th Annual Doggy Fashion Show and Summer Stroll
Saturday, July 15
Park Slope 5th Avenue between 12-18 Streets
D/N/R to Prospect Avenue
Doggy Fashion Show Schedule/Details:
Where: Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue at 17th Street
FREE to the public and to all contestants
*4-5:30pm – Contestants and owners gather at the Red Carpet Station and pose in front of the Step and Repeat
*6pm start – Doggy Fashion Show begins. First Place winner to receive coveted Xena Trophy with runners up awarded ribbons, medals and citations
*7pm – After Fashion Show Party with street performances by the all-star funk band The Push and Pull, featuring special guest Michael Cerveri. Festivities move inside at 9pm, live music from Brendan Eprile at 10pm, with food and drinks flowing till 4am.
Emcees: Jim Search (finalist on NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity) and Courtney Maginnis (Brooklyn Comedy Festival, College Humor and NPR)
Judges: Donald O’Finn (Freddy’s Bar), Nancy Drew (local artist), guest judges TBA
Sponsors: The Park Slope 5th Avenue BID, Smuttynose Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Blue Point Brewing Company, Lagunitas Brewing Company, Jordan’s Pet Care, Dreamland Roller Disco, LoLa Star’s Coney Island Store and Dog Parker.

*A portion of select beer sales will be donated to Sean Casey Animal Rescue

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*****Hi-res images available of Doggy Fashion Show*****


PR Contact: Carol Klenfner;; 917.860-0211
Co-Owner of Freddy’s and Dog Show Organizer and Creator: Donald O’Finn
Freddy’s Bar Phone contact: (718) 768-0131 

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