4th annual Tour de Corgi brings costumes, tail wags to Old Town

Graham Shapley

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  • The 4th annual Corgi De Tour with all different breeds of dogs participating in a parade around old town, an optional costume contest, and different vendors. The Corgis costumes ranged from pumpkins to dragons to even a couch potato group costume. The day was filled with lots of Corgis and even owners dressed up as Corgis. (Mackenzie Boltz)

  • Demi the corgi sniffs the camera at the 4th annual Tour de Corgi. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Annie and Hadley sit on a small couch. They and their two corgi friends won the funniest costume contest with their couch potato outfits. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Daisy the corgi smiles for the camera before participating in the 4th annual Tour de Corgi parade. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • The 4th annual Corgi De Tour with all different breeds of dogs participating in a parade around old town, an optional costume contest, and different vendors. The Corgis costumes ranged from pumpkins to dragons to even a couch potato group costume. The day was filled with lots of Corgis and even owners dressed up as Corgis. (Mackenzie Boltz)

  • Darcy the corgi sits in a stroller at the 4th annual Tour de Corgi. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Phoenix the corgi sniffs the camera during the 4th annual Tour de Corgi. Totora the corgi sits in the grass at Civic Center park before the 4th annual Tour de Corgi parade. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Sophie the corgi smiles while Tour de Corgi visitors pet her ahead of the parade. Totora the corgi sits in the grass at Civic Center park before the 4th annual Tour de Corgi parade. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Kuda the corgi smiles while walking to Tour de Corgi parade route. Kuda and her human siblings were all dressed as monsters. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • Stumpy Socks the corgi dressed as Cam the Ram for the 4th annual Tour de Corgi. His human was cleverly dressed as a Ram Handler. Totora the corgi sits in the grass at Civic Center park before the 4th annual Tour de Corgi parade. (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

  • The 4th annual Corgi De Tour with all different breeds of dogs participating in a parade around old town, an optional costume contest, and different vendors. The Corgis costumes ranged from pumpkins to dragons to even a couch potato group costume. The day was filled with lots of Corgis and even owners dressed up as Corgis. (Photo by: Mackenzie Boltz)

  • The 4th annual Corgi De Tour with all different breeds of dogs participating in a parade around old town, an optional costume contest, and different vendors. The Corgis costumes ranged from pumpkins to dragons to even a couch potato group costume. The day was filled with lots of Corgis and even owners dressed up as Corgis. (Mackenzie Boltz)

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Every dog has its day, and Fort Collins’ fourth annual Tour de Corgi was a chance for a whole breed to stand in the spotlight.

The morning was cold in Civic Center Park, though as the dogs gathered it was hard not to feel one’s heart being warmed. Some dressed up and others came sans costume, but they all milled around and played with one another.

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Barking was the constant soundtrack to the day, perfectly accentuated and accompanied by tracks played over loudspeaker like “Low Rider” and “Bad to the Bone.”

The Tour de Corgi took place Sept. 29, beginning officially at 10 a.m. and continuing on into the afternoon. The parade began at noon as the clock tower chimed – eliciting a round of barks from the attendees – and passed through Old Town, treating people who may not have been aware of the event to a nice surprise.

Several booths at the event offered dog-based merchandise as well as opportunities to donate to good causes. A non-profit group to whom a portion of the wristband purchases went, 4 Paws Pet Pantry, were excited about the event and its fundraising potential.

A corgi dressed up as “Hairy” Potter in the Hogwarts Express takes a ride through the crowd (Ashley Potts | Collegian)

“We help keep pets in homes – we help disabled veterans and homeless people,” said April Castillo, founder of the pantry and dog groomer at Fort Collins’ Spa 4 Paws. “We make packs of food and distribute them out through the community. We help college students, all struggling. Everyone needs a companion pet, we feel like nobody should have to go without.”

Fort Collins corgis in costume, as well as their owners, signed up for a costume contest, categories included “cutest couple,” “completely creative,” and “greatest group.” the dogs took the stage and were judged by a panel of experts. Colorado State Representative Joann Ginal and Fort Collins City Councilmember Ross Cunniff sat at the judge’s table, their critical eyes ready to declare the winners of the contest.

Often, the owners would dress up as well to match their cute canines, but the dogs were undeniably the stars of the show.

Winners were treated to a gift basket full of treats for their champions. In between rounds, the announcer would make dog puns. Though bad, they set the atmosphere quite well.

‘Why are corgi jokes not very good? Because they’re too short!’ Without any time for the audience to groan or laugh, the next ‘joke’ was queued up. “What’s a corgi’s favorite button on the remote control? The paws button!”

Though it may seem like the purpose of the parade was to socialize and gaze upon the majesty of corgis, these little dogs were doing their best to do good in the world. There’s no doubt that they were indeed good boys.

Graham Shapley can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com and on Twitter @shapleygraham. 

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