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Parks and Recreation Costume Guides

Dress like Your Favorite Parks and Recreation Characters

Browse through the costumes and cosplay guides for the award-winning comedy television series Parks and Recreation. Created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, the NBC series showcases the life of the parks and recreation department in the small town of Pawnee, Indiana. The show follows Leslie Knope as she tries to humorously improve the beauty of the city and launch her career in politics. With the following step-by-step costume guides, you can be ready to party like Tom Haverford or spew sarcasm like April Ludgate. With cosplay guides for characters like Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and alter-ego Burt Macklin, you and your friends can bring the town of Pawnee to your next party.

Ron Swanson

Ron Swanson Costume

Certainly known for being one of the more masculine characters on television, Ron Swanson is adored by fans for his iconic mustache and his love for bacon and eggs. As a man’s man, Ron enjoys all things manly, including hunting and woodworking, and eventually starting his own development company aptly called Very Good Building and Development Co. Ron is also well-known for being twice divorced, both to women named Tammy, so of course, he likes to refer to his first wife as Tammy I. Working in government, Ron has an odd perspective and believes that government should be privatized and small which is why he hires only those that are incompetent in hopes that they won’t get anything done.

Ron Swanson Costume
Ron Swanson Costume Guide
Burt Macklin

Burt Macklin Costume

Burt Macklin is one of the many alter-egos of Andy Dwyer. Andy Dwyer, known for his laziness and loveable idiocy, enjoys helping others when he can. Enter: Burt Macklin. When there’s a need for law enforcement, Burt Macklin is there, sporting his signature sunglasses and FBI jacket. Audiences are first introduced to Burt Macklin in season two after the vandalism of a local statute. Andy thinks the best way to help is by impersonating a police officer, so Burt Macklin enters and questions the suspect, Greg Pikitis. However, known for being a rude delinquent, Greg ends up making Burt cry. For the rest of the series, Burt Macklin makes an appearance each season as he tries to help solve crimes around Pawnee.

Burt Macklin Costume
Burt Macklin Costume Guide

Parks and Recreation Cosplay Costumes

Since the Parks and Recreation premiere in 2009, people have been laughing with Leslie Knope as she paves the way for women in politics. Now, you can bring Parks and Recreation to your life through cosplay. Any character from the series will be sure to deliver plenty of laughs especially Leslie’s serious boss Ron Swanson and the cynical intern, April Ludgate.

Dressing like a member of the Parks and Recreation department doesn’t have to be as hard as filling in a giant pit. You’ll find each costume guide has the character outfit broken down into simple step-by-step instructions for bringing Parks and Recreation to life. All you need is to pick a character to cosplay, and you will discover all the items to look like you care just enough about your job. That is unless you’re like Leslie and take your job way too seriously!

About Parks and Recreation

Parks and Recreation follow the parks and recreation department of Pawnee, Indiana, as they navigate all kinds of issues around the town. The director, Leslie Knope who is portrayed by Amy Poehler, takes her job very seriously. She often annoys her colleagues who try to complete as little work as possible. Some of the laziest employees include Tom Haverford, who believes his confidence and entrepreneurial skills will take him far in life. However, displaying the most apathy is intern April Ludgate, who completes the less than the bare minimum.

Despite the incompetent employees, Leslie Knope eventually inspires the department to accomplish projects that improve both Pawnee as well as their lives. After successfully filling in a giant construction pit, surviving a government shutdown, and countless setbacks, Leslie and her colleagues develop close bonds and begin to support one another in both their political and personal endeavors.