Mustaches are really having a moment. Mustaches now adorn shirts, pillows, shoes, duct tape, puppies- everywhere I turn there are mustaches. But you see, mustaches were not always looked upon so favorably. In 1965, the American Mustache Institute formed to combat discrimination against people sporting ‘staches and other fine expressions of facial hair, becoming ” the world’s leading facial hair advocacy organization.” According to their website, the American Mustache Institute “continues to battle negative stereotyping that has accompanied the mustache since those glory years of the 1970s – the peak of mustache acceptance – fighting to create a climate of acceptance, understanding, flavor saving, and upper lip warmth for all mustached Americans alike.”
Please do not take offense, but unlike most trends, it actually seems like Pittsburgh has been a real leader in the recent mustache renaissance. In fact, in 2011 Pittsburgh actually placed third on the list of Most Mustache Friendly Cities in America by the American Mustache Institute. Further cementing our vanguard in the mustache world, the American Mustache Institute actually relocated to our fine city this past July. And right now, the American Mustache Institute is soliciting votes to determine the winner of this year’s Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year! The winner will be announced on Saturday, October 26 at an event they are hosting here in town.
Purely by coincidence, CLP Main- Teen is also hosting a Teen Halloween Mustache Bash for teens in middle and high school on Saturday, October 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm. Instead of the usual scary/zombie/ghostly themed Halloween fare, we decided to capitalize on our culture’s current mustache obsession and celebrate ALL THE MUSTACHES! We “mustache” you to join us for mustache themed games, treats, crafts, and a best mustache contest!
In the meantime, be sure to check out this book in preparation: