Kentucky Dog Derby

Saturday, May 4
Fiedler Field on the Esplanade

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style with your pooch at the Esplanade!

The Kentucky Dog Derby is a 1/2-mile parade around the Fiedler Field to benefit the park, highlighting it as a resource for dog owners while celebrating the arrival of spring.

We encourage both you and your dog to wear your Derby finest (bow ties, hats, sundresses, florals, and more) – there will be prizes for both best-dressed pup and for human/dog duet!

In addition to the parade, there will be a variety of games, demos, and giveaways for attendees to enjoy, as well as goody bags for all attendees.

All dogs must be registered to be eligible to receive a goody bag and prizes. Spectators are welcome!

The purpose of the Kentucky Dog Derby is to promote the Esplanade as a resource for dog owners. The newly restored Lotta Fountain, just west of the Esplanade Playspace, is one example of a dog-friendly amenity in the Park. The Lotta Fountain offers a fillable water bowl for dogs.

Formerly known as the Canine Promenade, we hope you’ll join us for this new spin-off!

12:00pm – Dog Lover’s Fair

1:00pm – Derby Attire Contest

Brought to you in partnership with Pawsh:

    Pawsh is a dog boutique and salon conveniently located on Gloucester Street in the Back Bay

    Tables at the dog-lover’s fair include:
    • 2 Dogs Treats
    • Back Bay Veterinary Clinic
    • Boston Animal Hospital
    • Boston Dog Lawyers
    • Bridget Foster Reed
    • Elliot’s House
    • Fred Levy art – Photography
    • Polkadog Bakery
    • Red Dog Pet Resort & Spa Boston

    Are you interested in sponsoring this event? Please contact Kelsey Pramik at

      Photo by Debra Bulkeley