Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Evolution of the Bachelor Party and Some Infamous Stags

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

A Look at the Evolution of the Bachelor Party and Some Infamous Stags

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The evolution of the bachelor party

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A look at the origins of bachelor parties and some infamous stags:

5th century B.C.: It's widely believed that the ancient Spartans were the first to celebrate a man's final night of singlehood, according to Time magazine. Spartan soldiers are believed to have gathered over a feast on the eve of the wedding to toast the groom.

Dec. 19, 1896: A stag party thrown by American Herbert Barnum Seeley -- a grandson of famous showman P.T. Barnum -- for his brother was raided by police after rumours circulated that a famous belly dancer would be performing nude, according to Time.

1949: Actor Jimmy Stewart held his bachelor party at legendary Hollywood hangout Chasen's, according to the book Bachelor Party Confidential. It featured two midgets, dressed only in diapers, popping out of a silver serving dish. …

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