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From the pope to the Flintstones, 25th Halloween Dog Parade held in NYC

NEW YORK – Hundreds of costumed dogs have descended on a New York City park for what’s billed as the nation’s largest Halloween dog parade.

Thousands of spectators mingled Saturday with about 300 four-legged contestants near the stage in Manhattan’s Tompkins Square Park. Every imaginable breed was paraded one by one to preen before judges in the hopes of a Best in Show award.

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There were doggy dinosaurs, an alligator and a fisherman. There also were characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and “The Flintstones” and a dog dressed as Pope Francis.

Manhattan resident Robert Krzywicki says his dachshund, Daisy Mae, was treated “like a movie star.”

But he says he suspects his dog and many others were freaked out and a little humiliated by their costumes.

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IN PHOTOS: Dogs dressed up for the Halloween Dog Parade in New York City.

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Dachshunds Eli, left, and Emily in Minion costumes participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Londin, a Chihuahua in a dead bride costume, stands in a diorama of a pet cemetery during the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. Hundreds of dogs took part in what's billed as the nation's largest Halloween dog parade. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Twiggy, an Italian greyhound in a "pizza rat" costume, participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Paralyzed rescue dogs Maury, right, and Little Miss Lexi in Google Maps street view car costumes participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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A pug in a tarantula costume participates in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Chong Cha in a wizard costume and her Pomeranian Zuzu in a unicorn costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Danny Cox, left, with his Chihuahua Paco, Alice Woodroof, center, with her Chihuahua Pearl and Amy Cox with her Yorkshire Terrier Penelope, all from Dallas, Texas, wear Day of the Dead costumes in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Eric Launder in a piano costume and his pomeranian Simon in a Liberace costume participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
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Michelle Guillen and her shih tzu Jojo wear a Pope and a nun costume as they participate in the annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade in New York on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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