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Bayside Airs Festivus Grievances

Photos and gripes from Thursday night's Festivus Party held by Bayside Patch

After living two decades in TV land, the holiday of Festivus was brought back to Bayside, its birthplace.

The holiday that was first popularized by the sitcom Seinfeld. The fictitious patriarch of the Costanza family began the observance while living in Queens, as a way to separate his family from the commercialized clamor of Christmas time.

In "The Strike" episode of Seinfeld, his son, George Costanza tells his boss, "I was afraid that I would be persecuted for my beliefs. They drove my family out of Bayside, Sir!"

A requisite Festivus pole, which was quickly dismantled by a mystery guest, was also on hand at Bentley's Off Bell—albeit in pieces.

The tradition was brought back by the neighborhood, without contrition for the fictitious religious persecution. Every party-goer took part in the Festivus tradition of airing grievances.

Click through the photo gallery to read the Festivus grievances of Bayside residents.

Joe December 24, 2011 at 12:49 AM
bunch of malcontents
cmjake December 24, 2011 at 03:09 AM
Complain, complain, complain. Can't stand complaining! :)
Adam Lombardi December 25, 2011 at 09:56 AM
Plenty of legitimate grievances here. However these gripes are more like leads, not a bouquet of malcontent ramblings.
Lori Gross December 25, 2011 at 01:15 PM
I egged them on, Joe and cmjake—for the sake of tradition. These are all positive folks!
cmjake December 25, 2011 at 02:08 PM
I was just kidding. (Complaining that I can't stand complaining!) A few of those "complaining" are on the Board of Directors of the Bayside Hills Civic with me! Hanlon, Feiners. Mike is President. Happy Holidays!
Lori Gross December 25, 2011 at 05:02 PM
I figured it was in jest, but I didn't want these fine folks to get confused for anything they aren't. Happy Holidays, all!
cmjake December 25, 2011 at 06:42 PM
And fine folks they are indeed!

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