'Very Philly Wedding' Had a Very Unexpected Guest

Flyers' weird mascot Gritty crashes the party for newlyweds
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 25, 2018 8:11 AM CST

(Newser) – If one lives in a hockey-crazy town, then possibly having a giant, bug-eyed mascot for the home team crash your wedding might sound pretty cool. Newlyweds were shocked when Gritty, the 7-foot mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, showed up Friday night and started dancing with the bride. A video taken by a relative and posted to Twitter captures the orange monster hugging Heather Grossmuller and Karl Schwemlein during their reception. Then Gritty and Grossmuller get down on the dance floor, reports the AP.

Grossmuller's father, Ray, orchestrated the surprise for his daughter, who is a raving Flyers fan. Gritty has become a huge hit since becoming the team's mascot in September. He has hung with celebrities and his face put on beer cans and tattoos, and was even honored last month with a resolution by the city council. "Once Gritty came (out), you know everywhere, Heather was instantly really into him," a cousin tells CBS Philadelphia, (which calls the nuptials a "very Philly wedding.") "They were always joking it would be cool if he would come to the wedding." (Gritty made waves when he was introduced.)

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