KRAMPUS 2013 to be held the night of December 21 in Ypsilanti


About three years ago, those of us responsible for the Shadow Art Fair, decided that local kids could benefit from the knowledge that, while Santa Claus goes out each Christmas Eve, visiting the homes of all the good children around the world, he has a no-so-jolly associate that does the same for those boys and girls who, in the eyes of St. Nick, haven’t earned new underwear, cigarettes and video games. So, we set out to bring the pre-Christian Alpine tradition to the United States. Over the centuries, this associate of Santa’s has been known by many names, such as Knecht Ruprecht, Perchten, Pelznickel, Black Peter, and Klaubaur, but we know him today as Krampus, the cloven-footed monster covered in matted black fur who beats disrespectful little children with birch rods before consuming them whole. While there are now a few Krampus celebrations around the country, I believe ours waas the first, and we have no intention of stopping until every child in Ypsilanti knows the hell that awaits them if they refuse to eat their vegetables, quiet down when told to, or otherwise disrespect their hard-working progenitors.

This year’s event will begin at 8:00 PM on Saturday, December 21. I’m not at liberty to tell you where we’ll end up, or what kinds of terrible things you’re likely see as the evening wears on, but I can tell you that we will be starting off the evening with a few hours of intense rump shaking at Ypsilanti’s Corner Brewery, and then moving on from there by the light of flaming torches.

krampus2012fEntry is free. Costumes are expected. And, if you dare to bring a child, it will be immediately consumed. As is our tradition, in addition to having incredible music to twerk our asses to, there will be two special brews – one naughty, one nice. And, at midnight, the dancing will stop, and the most courageous among us will take the War on Christmas to the streets, rattling chains and howling like demons, as we make our way to our next stop.

If you have never been to one of our Krampus events, you can find photos and videos by clicking on the following links: 2010, 2011, 2012.

Feel free to invite your friends by way of our Facebook event page… and good luck with your costumes.


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  1. Posted November 10, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    LA hipsters are now copying you:

  2. Elliott
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    There’s also one in Philly now. They call it Krampuslauf.

  3. Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    Last time I tried to go, there was no one there.

  4. Demetrius
    Posted November 10, 2013 at 9:39 am | Permalink

    I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the longest night of the year … Looking forward to it!

  5. Posted November 10, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    I’m sorry, Pete. I must have given you the wrong address. (I’ve been known to send people to Smarty Katz by accident when I’m not happy with them.)

  6. Posted November 11, 2013 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I was at the Corner, I think. There was no one there.

  7. Eel
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Maybe they were hiding, Peter. Or maybe you went on the wrong day. Or maybe you forgot to put eye holes in your mask.

  8. Posted November 11, 2013 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    They may have been hiding, but I’ve long been skeptical that Mark’s writings in his social life are actually part of a fabricated fantasy of his.

    Yesterday, though, I discovered that there were no homeless people sleeping on his couch and that he has a dog.

  9. anonymous
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    There’s also one in Green Bay on December 7.

  10. shifty jim
    Posted November 11, 2013 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    The Ypsi one was not the first. They were doing it back in the Bay Area in the late 90’s.

  11. EOS
    Posted December 3, 2013 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Here’s some inspiration for you all to step up your game this year.

  12. Posted December 3, 2013 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Our participants, for the most part, are a little more playful with the concept. Still, though, we’ve had a few people over the years who have drawn on Alpine tradition fro inspiration. You should come and check it out this year, EOS. And thanks for passing this link along. The images are incredible.

  13. randall
    Posted December 5, 2013 at 6:41 pm | Permalink

    Cool Krampus Carol video by Anthony Bourdain

  14. BPV
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    I do not believe “true love” can exist. Therefore, I am looking for Krampus porn. Can you help me? I am in desperate need of release.

    I am also interested in meeting NYC public employees with “magical” skills.

  15. wobblie
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    is there a 2014 date

  16. site admin
    Posted December 2, 2014 at 8:37 am | Permalink

    December 20 at Dreamland.

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