You got to see lots of cute guys walking around in kilts -- and occasionally you glimpsed the something underneath. Well, maybe it only happened once, to a friend of a friend, but the possibility was enough to make us snoop assiduously all day.
phallic Wienermobile was there, selling hot dogs.
There were vendors who would write your name in Irish or find your Scottish coat of arms.
There were musicians, dancers, and dunking booths.
But the most popular events were feats of strength.
Only the biggest, beefiest guys could compete in throwing the heavy objects like cabers (long, heavy phallic symbols), Scottish hammers, and bundles of hay.
When two guys compete, it's decidedly homoerotic. Especially when they're gazing into each other's eyes. And when they're wearing kilts with nothing underneath. And when you think of the stick as a phallic symbol.
Maide leisg means "lazy stick" in Scots Gaelic. Let the dirty jokes begin.
|Celtic Festival, Davenport Iowa|
Sometimes I won, sometimes not, but that didn't matter: the point was two guys straining and struggling together, separated by only a lazy stick.
Since 1998, the Celtic Festival has been held across the river in Davenport. It's now the biggest festival in the Midwest. I haven't gone for many years, but no doubt the gay symbolism is still there.
See also: 10 Things You Should Know About Kilts.; and Dunking Booths.