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Gritty dresses as Philadelphia icons for magazine photoshoot

Flyers mascot gets award from local publication

by Cristina Ledra @cledra / Staff Writer

Gritty was an icon the moment he stepped on stage last year at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia for his grand debut, and now he's channeling other Philly legends in a photoshoot for Philadelphia Magazine.

Awarded Best Philadelphian by the publication, Gritty got the royal treatment with a colorful photo spread shot by Jonathan Pushnik to further cement his legendary status.

In the series of photos, Gritty dresses as Rocky Balboa, drummer Questlove, Will Smith's Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, actress Tina Fey on the cover of her book "Bossypants," American flag creator Betsy Ross, a Mummers Parade participant, and pop duo Hall and Oates with the Phillie Phanatic.

The cover story, entitled, "We are Gritty. Gritty is us," reflects on the Flyers mascot's whirlwind first year on the scene, and includes some insights from him on each of the people he's dressed as.

For Hall and Oates, he says, "They said, 'Name a more iconic duo,' so I showed up with the Phanatic. J-Man's (John Oates) 'stache wasn't not the inspiration for my beard. I mean, look at that coif."

"Ah, Bets. A living legend. Changed the game for all aspiring designers out there," he said of Ross.

You can read the whole story and see all the photos on Philadelphia Magazine's website by clicking here:

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