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Of Course There's An Annual Convention For Redheads, And It's Awesome

Let your ginger flag fly. 🍓🍎🍒🍅

Worldwide, an estimated one to two percent of humans have red hair. In Ireland, though, that number jumps to about 10 percent of the population.

So of course a convention for redheads takes place on the Emerald Isle.

The Irish Redhead Convention is an annual meeting for fiery-haired humans from all walks of life. Now in its seventh year, the festival celebrates the magic of the rarest hair type on earth with three days of ginger shenanigans galore:

The Irish Redhead Convention in 2014. 
The Irish Redhead Convention in 2014. 

They even name a King and Queen of the Redheads, because why not:

Fans of gingers are welcome. 
Fans of gingers are welcome. 
A Canadian festival-goer waits for judges to evaluate his hair, 2016.
A Canadian festival-goer waits for judges to evaluate his hair, 2016.
The winner of 2016's "Booney Baby" award.
The winner of 2016's "Booney Baby" award.

The convention honors “foxy” attendees with a full slate of events like ginger speed dating, carrot tossing championships and a baby contest. Some events are redhead-only, and others are open to everyone.

The fest partners with the Irish Cancer Society to educate attendees about melanoma and skin cancer, because redheads are especially susceptible to these diseases.

Between the parades and parties, you may spot a redheaded sheep or ginger-haired dog. There’s even a ginger jig.

A redheaded sheep, 2016.
A redheaded sheep, 2016.
Queen of the Redheads Emma Ni Chearuil, 2016.
Queen of the Redheads Emma Ni Chearuil, 2016.
Cooper the ginger dog.
Cooper the ginger dog.
Cheers to these redheaded royals!
Cheers to these redheaded royals!

Seeing as this year’s Irish Redhead Convention just ended, you’ll have to wait a bit to join in next year’s redheaded fun. Fortunately, we can’t think of a better reason to book an early trip to Ireland, and, anyway, red hair can be celebrated year-round.

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