Old Town parking may have seemed even more ridiculously full Saturday morning as the second annual Tour De Corgi commenced in full swing with hundreds of corgis taking over College Avenue and hundreds of humans eager to witness the ankle-high fun.
Tour de Corgi is exactly what it sounds like. Imagine Fort Collins’ Tour de Fat only minus the drinking, the bikes and the traffic cops. Keep the costumes. but instead of people wearing them, add hundreds of silly looking dogs that are very low the ground and don’t seem to have knees instead.
The event itself began at 10 a.m. Saturday at Civic Center Park. Corgis and their owners met up before the parade to peruse the dog vendors and booths and participate in the costume contest. Costumes were judged in different categories including funniest, most creative, purdiest and most badass. After the contests, win or loose, the corgis took off to parade down Old Town in their extravagant attire.
Attendee April Higginson accompanied her corgi Mozzy who was dressed up as Waldo from the “Where’s Waldo?” activity books.
“It’s awesome seeing all the dogs in costumes,” Higginson said. “The costume contest was pretty cool.”
Higginson said although her and Mozzy missed registration for the costume contest, everyone loves Mozzy’s costume.
Entry for the contests and the parade was a donation-based fee of five dollars and went to 4 Paws Pet Pantry and the Wyoming Dachshund and Corgi Rescue. The judges included Senator John Kefalas, Mayor Wade Troxell and local publisher Lydia Dody.
Some of the Corgi costumes included spooky Halloween witches, bumblebees, Supermans, peacocks and many land-sharks. Some dog owners dressed up with their pets, with one family dressing up as prisoners of their doggy policemen and another family dressing up as corgis themselves in fuzzy onesies to match their corgi lobster.
Although the event is corgi-specific, other dogs made appearances to support their brothers and sisters. One dog had a sign taped to it that said “Corgi For A Day.” Corgi mixes were also extremely common, which tended to look like regular dog breeds but shorter.
Many dog lovers chose to wear corgi-loving shirts that read things like “I heart my Corgi,” “I kissed and Corgi and I liked it” and “Dogs not dudes.”
Corgi owners Amanda and Danny Pond brought their enthusiastic corgi Boomer for his second year at the parade. Boomer wore his ribbons from dog diving competitions. “He can jump 14 feet,” Amanda said. “He’s a ham in general. He loves to walk the lines and get love from everybody.”
Corgis certainly got love throughout their full parade route that traveled all throughout Old Town. The event started at the park and their little corgi legs took them passed the Bean Cycle, through Old Town Square, across Mountain Avenue, down to the Drunken Monkey and all the way back to Civic Center Park. Some corgis couldn’t make the whole route, either laying down mid-walk so that their moms and dads would pick them up and hold them the rest of the way or hoping in a wagon that their owners pulled them in.
Although the directions were posted on the Facebook group “2nd Annual Tour de Corgi,” the event lacked the clear indications of one specific route and no roads were blocked, causing many owners and dogs to become confused and begin taking their own route. Regardless, corgis were enjoyed by all. Young and old, people lined up up and down College Avenue to enjoy the fluffy experience, and those who did not know the event was going on and just happened to be in Old Town at this time were not complaining.
Colorado State University student Ellie Gould attended the event with a group of friends.
“I love dogs,” Gould said. “It was a little more scattered than I thought it was going to be, but it was still awesome. I saw this 16-year-old corgi, like super old, sitting in a cardboard boat that they made on wheels and it said ‘Old Man of the Sea’. It was so cute.”
The Old Man of the sea won Most-Creative at the costume contest.
The tour circled back to Civic Center Park where the vendors were open until 3 p.m. The booths included Alpine Canines, The Colorado W.O.L.F. Sanctuary,and Camp Bow Wow who also made an appearance at this year’s Pooch Plunge. There was also a booth of corgi art and dog portraits made by Karen Cannon.
After the event, Old Town restaurants with patios filled to the brim with Tour de Corgi attendees, costumes and all. The Facebook even page flooded with pictures of warn out pooches passed out on their backs from the day’s events.
“This was so much fun,” Erin Conte-Bryant posted on the group. “Had a blast looking at all the sweet fuzzy babies, in costume or not. Thank you to everyone who organized and participated. Already looking forward to next year!”