There were two men-in-red in attendance at a BC Christmas parade this past weekend. One of them was Santa, and the other was Satan.
After a hilarious typo in a Vancouver Island newspaper that accidentally printed “Pictures with Satan” instead of “Pictures with Santa” in its November 21 advertisement for the Comox Valley Christmas parade, Tim “Skippy” Miller took it on himself to dress up as the underworld’s most infamous resident.
It appears the Valley I grew up in got a lot more metal since I moved away. If I didn’t have too many books to read that say, I’d consider the trip for the picture with Satan.
Also, Captain Thunderpants is our local space pirate, because every town needs one. pic.twitter.com/ZDWLZlyOhN
— Kathy Trithardt 📚 (@kathytrithardt) November 23, 2019
Miller came fully prepared with his face painted red and black, donning a red Santa suit, horns, and creepy looking claws.
Pictures posted on social media show dozens of residents stopping to pose with “Skippy the Satan” — who was definitely on par with Santa as the parade’s most popular guest.
Miller was accompanied by other attendees who also came fully prepared in their devilish gear.
On his Facebook page, Miller says he chose to dress up because he has “always been a joker [his whole] life.”
“That is part of the reason I do what I do. If I can make an unhappy person smile or laugh even for a few seconds I did my job,” he wrote.
The Comox Valley Record’s Santa-Satan typo went viral and was even featured on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
The New York Post also took a shot at the mistake, calling it the “typo from hell” in its November 25 edition.
The Comox Valley Record has since apologized for the man-in-red mix-up.
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