寵物大玩角色扮演!年度「小狗角色裝扮大會」開跑 |Doggy Con: a pop culture convention for furry fanatics

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一隻打扮成星際大戰裡的尤達的狗狗,在「小狗角色裝扮大會」比賽中獲獎。攝於八月十七日亞特蘭大Woodruff公園的活動現場。|A dog dressed as Yoda from

【看英文中國郵報學英文】儘管八月的亞特蘭大艷陽高照,Megan Nelson仍然穿上厚重的絨毛大衣,打扮成101忠狗裡的壞女人庫伊拉,慶祝第一次參加「小狗角色裝扮大會」(Doggy Con convention)。這場活動為即將到來的動漫節(Dragon Con convention)搶先揭開序幕

Atlanta’s scorching August heat didn’t stop Megan Nelson from slipping on a long faux fur coat and dressing up like Cruella de Vil for her first Doggy Con convention, a pet event for costumed canines inspired by the upcoming Dragon Con convention.

「小狗角色裝扮大會」於星期六在亞特蘭大公園舉行,吸引上百名寵物主人到場參加,裝扮成電玩遊戲、電影、或其他流行文化裡的角色,體驗角色扮演的樂趣。參加者Nelson當天便與狗狗一同拍照走台步,他的狗狗Darla是一隻棕色的拉不拉多犬,裝扮成101忠狗裡的斑點狗。

Doggy Con drew hundreds of dog owners and spectators Saturday to an Atlanta park for their own small cosplay convention, dressing up like fictional characters from video games, movies and other corners of the pop culture universe. For Nelson, that meant strutting and posing for photos alongside her dog Darla, a young chocolate Labrador Retriever mix sporting a Dalmatian costume.

「這個活動非常逗趣又歡樂,將大家凝聚在一起。」活動的主辦經理說道。

It’s everybody coming together for just pure cuteness and joy,” said Ansley Whipple, Woodruff Park project manager.

「小狗角色裝扮大會」舉辦在亞特蘭大市中心的Woodruff公園,預告國際有名的動漫節即將來臨。過去三十年,動漫節每年都吸引上千名角色扮演狂熱者到場狂歡。

The Doggy Con event in Atlanta’s downtown Woodruff Park signals the approach of the internationally known Dragon Con pop culture convention. For more than 30 years, Dragon Con has attracted thousands of cosplay devotees and others to Atlanta for its annual costumed fandom events.

亞特蘭大城的行銷經理Paige Sullivan表示,「小狗角色裝扮大會」是一個為當地人舉辦的小型活動。

Paige Sullivan, marketing manager for Atlanta Downtown, said the Doggy Con celebration is a small-scale convention organized with the locals in mind.

Sullivan說道:「小狗角色裝扮大會為亞特蘭大的動漫祭拉響第一炮。我認為這對我們的城市別具意義。」

Doggy Con kind of kicks off Dragon Con season downtown,” Sullivan said. “I think that’s very unique to our city.”

整場活動的亮點是寵物大遊行和寵物裝扮比賽,比賽的獎品將分開發放給主人和狗狗。動漫節提供的獎項則包含從八月二十九日持續到九月二日動漫節的免費二日通行票,Sullivan補充。

The highlight of Saturday’s convention was a pet parade and costume contest in which prizes were doled out for dressed-up dogs and human companions. Dragon Con donated prizes including two day passes to its convention Aug. 29-Sept. 2, Sullivan said.

參賽者Nelson和他的狗狗Darla獲得評審們的青睞,贏得寵物與主人組合獎。而狗狗組得分最高的分別是一隻帶著鑲金太陽眼鏡的狗狗和一隻裝扮成星際大戰裡的「尤達」的狗狗。另外,還有一隻穿著星巴克咖啡杯的臘腸犬深受粉絲們喜愛,牠的主人則扮成咖啡師。

Nelson and Darla won the judges’ award for best dog and owner combination costume. The highest-scoring dog wore gold-rimmed sunglasses, and another dressed like Yoda from “Star Wars” won for best cosplay costume. A fan-favorite pair of Dachshunds were costumed like Starbucks coffee cups, complementing their owner who dressed as a Starbucks barista.

主辦單位已經將攤販位置售出,當日也歡迎寵物館、非營利動保組織和餐車前往活動現場。

Organizers sold out of vendor spots and welcomed pet retailers, animal welfare nonprofits and food trucks to the park, Whipple said.