So having just moved to the area, I have heard lots and lots about the Ypsilanti Shadow Art Fair. A local alternative to the Ann Arbor Art Fair. The fine people that put on this much loved summer fair have also launched a winter event, called the Krampus Costume Ball. This event does not feature vendors and booths, but instead asks participants to dress up in costumes, drink and dance!
According to their facebook page invite:
"Krampus is St. Nicholas’s evil sidekick. He’s a demon that tortures bad children. In Europe, horned creatures take to the streets before Christmas, rattling chains and shrieking, reminding children that their bad behavior has consequences. Here in Ypsi, it’s not quite so evil. For the most part, we just dance and drink. There is some wandering through the streets at midnight, though, alongside the Detroit Party Marching Band.
So, make yourself a costume, come to the Corner Brewery, dance, drink beer, have fun, march through Ypsi, and end up at Woodruff’s for a drag show. And it’s all free, except for the booze. What could be more fun? “
Click on the title/link at the top of the post to see pictures from last years ball. I must say I am intrigued. So if you are in the area, check out the event on December 17th and you can find me costumed and dancing!