Beard, moustache enthusiasts descend on New Orleans for competition
Alexander Fleming of New Orleans tips his hat to the crowd on Canal Street during a parade which wound its way through the French Quarter kicking off the fourth annual Just For Men National Beard and Moustache Championships Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in New Orleans. (AP / Susan Poag)
Published Monday, September 9, 2013 11:49AM EDT
NEW ORLEANS -- They came sculpted, waxed, sprayed, curled, spiked -- or just plain bushy.
The 2013 Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships this weekend in New Orleans attracted more than 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
The festivities included a parade down Bourbon Street.
This was the 4th annual national competition organized by Beard Team USA. The New Orleans heat and humidity meant it took more time and energy to mould facial hair creations.
Devon Holcombe took the gold in the natural moustache category. Natural categories mean contestants are not allowed to use hair styling products. Holcombe's moustache stretches 24 inches end to end.
Keith Haubrich sculpted his moustache into the two arms of a clock, with the arms stretching to roughly the 10 and 2 positions. He had painted the clock numbers in a circle around his face and took the top honour in the Dali category, which is named for Salvador Dali, the Spanish painter known for his moustache with long tips arching upward.