My college friend Brielle from drove up from Valdez this weekend. On Saturday we attended the World Beard and Moustache Championships.
The annual event is hosted in locations worldwide, but this year downtown Anchorage's new Dena'ina Convention Center was selected for the festivities. I had no idea what to expect when Brielle and I parked our matching Subaru's (her's is red) across the street from each other on F Street.
The day brought bagpipes, a bearded band and moustached men from as far as Germany, Sweden and New Zealand trotting down a runway to show off their stylized facial hair. There were costumes: Matador to Moses, urban kilts to the robes of a monk. The events were divided by categories: moustache, partial beard and full beard. And then into categories: English, Dahli, freestyle, etc.
Overall the day was bizarre and fascinating.Check out more of the event in this ADN.com photo slideshow.