Night of the Walking Red IV – Oct. 11, 2016

For Immediate Release

Contact: Duncan Crary, 518-274-2723

Annual Gathering of Extraordinary Red Heads

TROY, N.Y. (9/30/16) — It’s an annual autumn tradition. More than 100 red heads will gather in Troy this month for their annual toast of Pumpkin Ale.

Night of The Walking Red FlyerOn Tuesday, Oct. 11, starting at 5 p.m., The League of Extraordinary Red Heads will present “Night of the Walking Red IV” at Ryan’s Wake Public House, located at 403 River St. in downtown Troy.

The fiery festivities feature an autumnal rite known as the “Toast of Coppertops,” during which members of the red-haired collective raise glasses of Saranac Pumpkin Ale and 2 Gingers Whiskey. As is their custom, the League will also discuss the items on their concise meeting agenda: “1) Us. 2) Them.”

There will be a sunset group photograph on the deck at 6:15 p.m.

Local blue grass band Red Haired Strangers will perform live starting at 6:45 p.m.

Sponsorship for Night of The Walking Red IV comes from 2 Gingers Whiskey and Saranac Brewery. Representatives from both companies will be pouring free samples, speaking about their product and distributing free company “swag.”

There will be a photo booth and other fun activities. Admission is free.


The League of Extraordinary Red Heads formed in a flash in Troy on Jan. 30, 2013 and quickly earned the rank of No. 7 in the world for “Best Redheaded Gatherings of 2013” according to social media website, BuzzFeed. League gatherings typically attract more than 100 red-haired participants. (All are welcome to attend and enjoy the spectacle.)

"Fire On The Hill," April 27. Photo by Sarah Pezdek.

“Fire On The Hill,” April 27. Photo by Sarah Pezdek.

Though this highly visible group assembles suddenly in public spaces, not much is known of the inner workings or its true purpose. It purports to be “a social get-together for those with reddish hair and those who love them,” but some suspect it may be a drinking club with vague plans for world domination. These conspiracy theories are bolstered by the fact that red heads comprise only 2 percent of the human population, and yet — for scientifically unexplained reasons — their ranks include a disproportionately high number of prominent figures, including world leaders, famous authors and celebrity actors. People of all types and backgrounds can have natural red hair.

“Because we always stand out, red heads can never hide in a crowd or at the back of the classroom,” said Duncan Crary, founder of the League of Extraordinary Red Heads. “So we learn to have fun under scrutiny. Some people call that being ‘fiery,’ and we do tend to be an excitable bunch. That may be the reason why so many prominent figures in history have had crimson locks.”

Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP on the facebook event so organizers can better prepare for the expected crowd.

"Night of the Walking Red 3," Oct. 14, 2015. Photos by A Slyer Image Photography.

“Night of the Walking Red 3,” Oct. 14, 2015. Photos by A Slyer Image Photography.


The League of Extraordinary Red Heads Presents:
“Night of the Walking Red IV” & “Toast of the Coppertops”
An Autumnal Rite with Saranac Pumpkin Ale & 2 Gingers Whiskey
Live Music by Red Haired Strangers

Oct. 11, 2016 | 5 p.m. Start | Free Admission
Ryan’s Wake Public House 403 River Street, Troy NY


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