Weirdest Tradition in Each State
31. New Mexico
> Tradition: Zozobra
> When: Friday before Labor Day
Zozobra, also called “Old Man Gloom,” is a 50-foot ghostlike statue that is lit on fire in Santa Fe during the first weekend in September. Zozobra was created as a 6-foot puppet by artist Will Shuster in the 1920s and has since grown to its present height. The burning of Zozobra represents the extinguishing of gloom from the prior year.
32. New York
> Tradition: SantaCon
> When: Holiday season
Like the tree-lighting at Rockefeller Center and the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall, Christmas in New York would not be Christmas without SantaCon. Hundreds of people dressed as Santa Claus come to New York City on a weekend before Christmas to participate in a yuletide pub crawl.
33. North Carolina
> Tradition: National Hollerin’ Contest
> When: October
The National Hollerin’ Contest pays homage to a unique form of communication used in the southeastern part of the United States. Started in 1969, the contest was held annually at Spivey’s Corner, North Carolina. Several times the winner would appear on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson. The event was discontinued after 47 years in 2016, but it was revived and is now held in Hope Mills, North Carolina.
34. North Dakota
> Tradition: Redneck Relay at State Fair
> When: July 20-28
At the North Dakota State Fair, teams compete in a relay that includes the moonshine spit, the corn toss, planting one’s face in a pie to find candy, and carrying a watermelon slathered in Crisco.
> Tradition: Doo Dah Parade
> When: July 4
The Doo Dah Parade in Columbus, Ohio, is a colorful event that is open for anyone. It provides marchers an opportunity to express their opinions on any issue they choose and to dress as they like.