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.