WinterFest & Doggie Fashion Parade
Free Fun for Families, snow or shine!
People for Palmer Park's 5th Annual WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade will be a festival of fun and fur at one of Detroit's most appealing and magical winter playgrounds on Sunday, January 29 from 1-4 pm. The event includes nostalgic horse and carriage rides, colorful doggie fashion parade, winter sports (weather permitting), food, music, arts and crafts and more.
If Mother Nature provides snow and freezing weather, Lake Frances will be open for ice skating, and the trails will welcome cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and hikers — winter sports enthusiasts must bring their own gear. People for Palmer Park (PFPP) volunteers will assist as guides and volunteer skaters who will be on hand for those new to the ice — parents and responsible adults must accompany their children.
Defrosting fun will be set up at in the warm-up tent where young musicians from Detroit Youth Volume will perform, children can create dog masks, ears and tails to wear in the pet parade, and PFPP will sell our official winter hats and pet bandanas. Outside the tent, warm up with soup, hot cocoa, hot coffee, grilled cheese, yummy desserts and other healthy goodies from Nosh Pit Detroit Food Truck.
As well as horse and carriage rides through the woods throughout the event, crowds will gather for the afternoon's highlight at 3 pm when dogs, accompanied by children dressed in their doggie masks, will strut their stuff around Lake Frances, wrapped in scarves, cloaks, hats, sunglasses and more. There will be prizes and treats for all pets from Razor K-9, Paws in the D, and local pet stores.
Everyone is encouraged to bring any unopened and unexpired dog or cat food to donate to Paws in the D for area pet shelters.
Sponsors: WinterFest 2017 is presented by People for Palmer Park with the support of the City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Dept., Hitachi Corp., Quicken Loans, BNP Media, Walker Miller Energy Services, Paws in the D, Razor K-9 and PetCalls.net.
LOCATION: WinterFest and Doggie Fashion Parade will take place in Palmer Park, 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. Admission is free; small donations are requested for carriage rides.
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