CHARLEROI (KDKA) — Tired of winter?

Residents of Charleroi decided to do something about it. They gathered in Magic City Square, just before the noon hour, to put a hex on winter.

Decked out in the colors of spring, Mayor John Mollenauer issued the proclamation.

“Today, Feb. 20, 2014, is the first Charleroi Hoodie Hoo Day!”

In minutes, they will put an end to winter with a collective cry of “Hoodie Hoo!”


Chamber of Commerce director Debbie Keefer started it all.

“I knew it would be fun,” she says. “The downtown businesses are really slow in the winter, so we’re always trying to cook up some kind of promotion to keep us busy.”

The skies open as the noon hour approaches, but not in the way they hoped. Rain began to fall.

But nothing dampens the spirits of Hoodie Hoo-minded Charleroians.

Council President Paul Pivovarnik, in the guise of Pope Hoodie, hopes to end the winter of our discontent through “divine intervention.”

“Now, if we can only make the rain stop,” he laughs.

On the count of three, the crowd shouts in unison, “Hoodie Hoo! Hoodie Hoo!”

Will the Charleroi Hoodie Hoo replace the Punxsutawney Phil groundhog?

“I think we’ve got a good opportunity,” says the mayor. “We’re not formal, but we’re pretty.”

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