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National Mascot Day honors mascots of all types, whether they represent sports teams, schools, or organizations. These mascots have played a crucial role in engaging fans and creating a spirited atmosphere, often becoming symbols of pride and unity for their communities. The day is typically marked by events and activities that showcase mascot performances, interactions, and their impressive array of costumes and characters.
The concept of mascots dates back to ancient times, when people believed that certain objects or animals could provide protection or bring good fortune. In modern times, mascots have evolved into significant figures for various institutions, as they embody the spirit and essence of their respective organizations. Mascots often engage in playful, entertaining antics to keep audiences entertained and involved, bridging the gap between athletes or representatives and the fans or supporters.
National Mascot Day was founded by David Raymond, who served as the original Phillie Phanatic, the beloved and iconic mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies MLB team, for over 16 years. Raymond started the tradition in 2017 to acknowledge the hard work and dedication that goes into bringing mascots to life, and to further recognize the impact these characters have on sports, entertainment, and communities at large. The celebration occurs every year on June 17, providing a special opportunity to appreciate the energy, creativity, and enthusiasm that mascots bring to events and gatherings across the nation.
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