Thursday March 28, 2013 | 09:20 AM
Posted by In the City

It started in 2008 at Flask Lounge with 35 mustache-wearers flaunting what God gave 'em on their upper lips. And after being a huge hit in Year 1 the Pag made the rounds: Novare Res in 2009; Empire Dine and Dance in 2010; Bayside Bowl in 2011. Last year it landed at Port City Music Hall, where it's decided to stay.

Expect a sellout March 29 when the 6th Annual Stache Pag and International Moustache Film Festival once again gets Portland rocking. Mustachiod men (and women, if they so choose) will take to the catwalk to show their moves and their whiskers in hopes of getting the audience to choose them as finalists in one of the stache categories: The Uncle Rico, The Magnum PI, The 1899 Maine Legislature and The Thigh Tickler.

Doors open for contestants and VIPs at 6:30 p.m. The public gets its chance to enter at 7:30 p.m. Pictures in the Stache photo booth start at 7:35 and anyone who still wants to register their lip brow has until 8:45 p.m. After that, it's film festival screening starting at 9 p.m. and, at 10 p.m., the main event begins with the Moustache Parade.

If you want to know what it's like to be a mustache-wearer, check out this blog from's Shannon Bryan.

Need to know more? Here's the television ad for this year's event:

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 on the day of the event. Get the VIP experience (reserved seating, goodie bag, private bar) for $20.

And for those of you who can't get enough of the symbol of manhood worn so well by the likes of Burt Reynolds, Frank Zappa, Alex Trebek and Hulk Hogan, here's a link to a Reader's Digest expose on those grass grins that women seem to love and men who can't grow one love to hate.


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