TALLAHASSEE — A nearly 6-foot-tall pole made from emptied beer cans
, marking a parody holiday, will be put up in the Florida Capitol this week as a not-so-subtle protest to the recent placement of a Christian nativity scene.
The homemade Festivus pole will be erected most likely on Wednesday in the same first-floor rotunda as a nativity scene depicting the birth of Jesus Christ that was put up last week by the Florida Prayer Network.
“I still chuckle, I literally can’t believe there will be a pile of Pabst Blue Ribbon cans in the state rotunda,” said Chaz Stevens, a Deerfield Beach resident who applied to the state Department of Management Services to put the Festivus pole on display.
Festivus purists may favor a more-simple unadorned aluminum pole, but Stevens said the use of beer cans —- he wouldn’t say who emptied the cans —- is in line with the irreverent spirit of those who celebrate the holiday.