by Anne Geggis
Deerfield Beach’s seasonal display that inspired Chaz Stevens to erect the first Festivus Pole in 2012 is now going national, getting put up on Michigan and Illinois.
For the season that sprouts mangers and menorahs everywhere, South Florida’s own homegrown symbol of atheism is going national.
Over the past three holiday seasons, atheist activist Chaz Stevens has put up Festivus poles next to a Nativity display on city property and at the state capitol in Tallahassee — that one made of beer cans. Now he’s expanding his efforts by arranging to erect the poles at other state capitals in Atlanta, Lansing, Mich., and Springfield, Ill.
Tuesday the fictional pole celebrating an alternative holiday was part of an off-Broadway production.
“This is the most ridiculous thing I could think of,” said Stevens, who was inspired to create the poles portrayed in the 1990s sitcom “Senfield.”