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Gritty isn’t just a mascot. Sure, this seven-foot-tall furry orange creature with googly eyes excites and entertains a crowd of rowdy hockey fans and cheers on the Philadelphia Flyers. But it’s also a household name and a beloved homegrown celebrity among Philadelphians, who claimed Gritty as their own shortly after the orange fuzzball debuted in 2018. Because while the Flyers may have set out to create a mascot, they started a revolution. So follow along as we keep an eye on what every Philadelphian’s favorite mascot is up to. Whether Gritty is paying tribute to iconic Philadelphians, streaking at the Linc, or running an impressive social media game, we’re watching.

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City Life

How the Flyers’ Social Media Geniuses Made the World Love Gritty

On day one, it was a tale of two Grittys. In person, the neck-beardy orange fuzzball was an instant success. Bolstered by balloons and confetti […]

City Life

Philly’s 20 Biggest Winners of 2018

At the end of the year, it is customary for us here at Philly Mag to take stock of the good, the bad, and the […]

City Life

Here Are All the Best Gritty Ornaments We Could Find

This was a special year for Christmas in Philadelphia, because this was the first year many of our Christmas trees were graced with little Gritties. […]

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Philadelphia Wedding

Gritty Crashed Another Wedding, This Time Dressed As Santa Claus

Did you think we’d get through the holidays without an appearance from Philly’s favorite orange oddball? Of course not — and we’re all the happier […]

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City Life

Somebody Built a Giant Garbage Gritty and Put Your Holiday Card to Shame

There was a time where we’d write about pretty much anything Gritty-related. But now that everyone and their Aunt Bertha are trying to capitalize on […]

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Philadelphia Wedding

While You Were Recovering from Thanksgiving, Gritty Was Crashing a Wedding

Here’s a statement that’s pretty much not up for debate: Gritty is the most coveted wedding guest in Philly right now. Between teaching us how to […]

City Life

Gritty Nominated Himself for TIME’s Person of the Year

TIME magazine has chosen a Person of the Year annually since 1927. Every year, leading up to the publication’s announcement, the country thinks long and hard […]

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City Life

Snowstorm Recap: Wandering Camel, Happy Gritty, Travel Woes

Thursday’s winter event took most of us by surprise: What started as a lovely, late-morning flurry developed into all hell breaking loose on the streets of […]

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City Life

Gift-Wrapping Gritty Will Get You Hyped for the Holidays

Ah, Philly: Where, when the holidays roll around, we head to the Christmas Village, break out our jawnaments, and — now — watch our beloved […]

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City Life

20 Photos of People (and Dogs) Dressed Up as Gritty for Halloween

Philadelphia’s love for Gritty knows no limits. Would it be thwarted, this Halloween, by the mere lack of an official, Flyers-approved Gritty costume? No. Absolutely […]

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City Life

Our Beloved Gritty Is Officially One Month Old

Gritty celebrated a very special day on Wednesday: His one-month birthday. Just 30 days ago, on Sept. 24, 2018, our beloved orange mess of a creature […]


And Now, the Gritty Ice Cream Sandwich From Big Gay Ice Cream

Not much to say here other than Philly’s Big Gay Ice Cream made a Gritty-themed product, and honestly… great. Gritty was born out of necessity — […]

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Philadelphia Wedding

Here Is a Gritty Wedding Cake Because It Was Only a Matter of Time

If you are surprised by this headline, well, why are you surprised by this headline? Gritty’s been on protest signs. There’s already a beer named […]

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City Life

Looking for an Official Gritty Costume? Here’s Why You’re Not Finding One

We’re willing to bet that at least half of Philadelphia (maybe three-quarters) wants to dress in a Gritty costume this Halloween. Why wouldn’t you? With his unsettling […]

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City Life

We Still Don’t Know What the Heck the Please Touch Museum’s New Mascot Is

Last time we wrote about the Please Touch Museum’s new mascot, we asked readers: “Who’s Got the Worst Mascot: The Flyers or the Please Touch Museum?” […]