The Third Annual Krampus Krawl

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What is Krampus?
In German-speaking Alpine folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure. According to traditional narratives around the figure, Krampus punishes children during the Christmas season who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.

The Krampus Krawl follows an old European tradition called "Krampuslauf". A Krampuslauf is a run of celebrants dressed as Krampus, often fueled by alcohol. It is customary to offer a Krampus schnapps. The procession often takes on the appearance of a parade, with the hairy beasts performing for onlookers.

The Krampus Krawl participants who dress as Krampi wear anything from a mask and set of horns to a full blown goat-man costume. Some of the ladies come as "fauns". The wild creatures make quite an impression as they visit each of the taverns on the often improvised route.

So get your Krampus on, or just come to enjoy the festivities. The Pittsburgh Krampus Krawl is a hairy, horny, hoof stomping good time!
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