Below is a list of various redhead events, festivals, gatherings, and internet groups that have been organized recently to celebrate redheads and gingers! Some were one-time events and others are ongoing, depending on interest. Heck, you might even want to start one yourself!
Redhead Day (Roodharigendag)
Dutch 2-day summer festival for natural redheads during the 1st weekend of September in Breda, Netherlands. The next edition of The Redhead Day 2013 is on the 30th and 31st of August and 1st of September 2013 in Breda! They expect 5,000 redheads from all over the world to join this day. You can register yourself at their website, then you will get newsletters about the event.
Photo by Bart Rouwenhorst at Redhead Day in the Netherlands
This huge festival celebrating redheads started in 2005 by the Dutch painter Bart Rouwenhorst in the Dutch city Asten. This redhead event has continued to grow and they expect close to 5000 redheads from over 40 countries in 2011. The event itself is free and you can register yourself at their website http://www.roodharigen.nl/en/ or just click on the following link to take you there -- Redheadday.
UPDATE -- The 2012 gathering set the new Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of natural redheads at 1,255. The event this year beat the previous world record of 890 natural redheads gathered in Washington state in 2010. Many more redheads turned out for the festival - about 4,000-5,000 total - but only 1,255 qualified as natural redheads under Guinness rules. Congrats Breda!
Dublin, Ohio, USA, Irish Festival
August 2, 3, 4, -- 2013
Held in Dublin, Ohio, USA. For 25 years, the first weekend in August has been reserved for what is now the world’s second largest Irish celebration. More than 100,000+ guests are expected with multiple stages and acts, there is truly something for everyone including music, dance, shopping, culture, art and more. To visit their Website for tickets and more info, CLICK HERE
Ginger Pride Walk
Held in Rome, Georgia, USA!
March 16, 2013, Saturday, marked the Third Annual Ginger Pride Walk. If you haven't been before, it's a super fun time to celebrate red hair, freckles, and pale skin. We gather at Heritage park in Rome Georgia and walk down Broad Street, take a group picture at "Gingers," then meet on the steps of the city auditorium. All types of Ginger folk are welcome, whether it be true redheads, Transgingers, red haired pets, red beards, redstaches (red mustaches), copper tops, Carriers (family members), freckled people who hate the sun, and even people who are only Gingers @ ♥, or anyone who just wants to be a part of something fun, we welcome all.
(Read my interview with parade founder, James Schroeder! )
June 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas. Their kickoff event is a pub crawl, with the proceeds going to fight bullying and skin cancer, two important issues. Click HERE for their website.
Redhead Day UK
June 29, 2013, in Manchester, England. CLICK HERE for their website.
Redheads and More Redheads Day
This event was held Saturday, July 17, 2010 in Sammamish, Washington, USA. The creator was photographer Anne Lindsay, who wanted to go for a Guinness World Record and succeeded! - On that day, there was the "largest gathering of people with natural red hair." According to Anne's website, "Upon Guinness World Records' official review our final count is 890 Natural Redheads. All redheads had to be natural and they all had to have a photo either sent prior to the event or were photographed individually at the event.
Unfortunately, Anne has closed the organization and will not be able to continue the redhead event in the future.
August 17, 2013, in Portland, Oregon. CLICK HERE to visit their website.
Redhead Roundup and Photo Contest
April 2 and 3rd, 2011. Held in Lincoln City, Oregon. Apparently was a big annual event years past and they are bringing it back, so hoping the redhead event will be continuing.
Bicycling event occurring in June in Portland, Oregon. Co-founders Jessica Vredenburg and Benjamin Adrian have seen the fun bicycle event grow from 6 people in 2009 to well over 200 people in 3 years! The Third Annual Ginger Ride was Saturday, June 11, 2011 -- a part of Portland, Oregon's 2-week 'Pedalpalooza' of biking fun. The Ginger Ride was not just for natural redheads but also for 'ginger supporters' wearing red wigs and bald spots spray-painted to celebrate Red! Hope it continues!
on Saturday, March 12, 2011, in Dublin, Ireland. Sponsored by Unicef.
Irish Redhead Convention
Held in Cork, Ireland on August 23, 24, 25 -- 2013.Also will raise money to benefit the Irish Cancer Society.
The parents of Joleen and Denis Cronin, who run Cronin's Pub, held the first convention. It began just as a joke but has grown into light-hearted fun to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society. Natural redheads and non-redheads showed up for the fun. CLICK HERE for their website.
Hug a Redhead Day
Facebook group started a few years ago in response to the negative "Kick a Ginger Day" in 2008. Here's a link to the Facebook page.
Heart a Ginga Day (formerly "Hug a Ginga Day")
This nationwide New Zealand event was Friday, 27 May 2011. Encouraged people not to just hug but show appreciation and love to gingers (redheads) of all ages.
Event held in Milan, Italy, May 26, 2013. The website is in Italian -- CLICK HERE to visit it.
Redhead Day Brazil
Held on September 7, 8, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro. CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page.
Rock It Like A Redhead
Held on March 16, 2013, in New York City. CLICK HERE to visit their web page.
Rassemblement de Vrais Roux
Held on May 4, 2013, in Montréal, Canada. CLICK HERE to visit their Facebook page.
OKAY, all for now -- I'll try to post updated info on these events as it becomes available. If you know of any additional 'redhead events' that are not listed, please let me know via my "Contact Me" page !! Thanks for visiting.
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