Local Atheist Brings “Festivus” to South Florida

After negotiating with elected officials and with help from the ACLU, corruption fighting atheist Chaz Stevens was allowed to install an eight feet tall Festivus pole outside of Deerfield Beach’s main fire station, located on the corner of US1 and Hillsboro Blvd.

Stevens’ Festivis pole is displayed among other holiday exhibits, including a manger and menorah.

Festivus, a secular holiday celebrated on December 23, commemorates the holiday season and avoids wanton commercialism. Festivus became part of worldwide popular culture after being featured on the Seinfeld episode “The Strike” where Frank Costanza noted, “No, instead, there’s a pole. It requires no decoration. I find tinsel distracting … It’s made from aluminum. Very high strength-to-weight ratio.”

With an origin dating back to 1966, the holiday celebration includes practices such as the “Airing of Grievances” and “Feats of Strength”, and the labeling of easily explainable events as “Festivus miracles”.

Stevens’ pole, constructed from 23 Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, follows the proud Festivus’ tradition of having a “very high strength-to-weight” ratio, while still be considered “extremely low maintenance.”

Do you think we’ll see this Festivus tower anytime soon in Tamarac?

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Sharon Aron Baron

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  • Maggie Macaulay

    Festivus…for the rest of us. Hilarious!

  • That looks like a suspiciously decorated pole — in MY day, Festivus meant a plain aluminum pole!

  • A picky reader

    I have a grievance to air: plagiarism. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

  • kana

    A simulated pole made of beer cans is not an “unadorned” aluminum pole of “high” tensile strength.This is commercialization of Festivus, which goes against the holiday.

  • Actually, Kana and Brian, (once again) you’re dead wrong.

    According to Allen Salkin (who wrote the book Festivus, the holiday for the rest of us), it’s very appropriate to make a Festivus pole from beer cans.


    Happy “high” holiday.

  • pharoah ho-tep

    You don’t have to be an atheist to celebrate Festvus! Just be fed up with all the hoopla of Commercial-mass.

  • Patti Lynn.

    You, of all people, I’d have thought, would appreciate a stack of beer cans out in public. Though, these are stacked nicely, versus say just strewn all about in the back of your car.

  • Atheists are Aholes.

  • Joseph M. Silvers

    With the direction this country is heading, I wouldn’t doubt
    it. In Tamarac, instead of cans of beer
    it would be cans of Ensure.