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In the 19th-century, Wilmington and other coastal towns in North Carolina claimed one of the most unusual ways of celebrating Christmas. The celebration mixed Halloween and Christmas traditions and involved groups of eight to ten slaves who paraded through their communities in grotesque costumes on Christmas morning, singing, chanting, and dancing. They were called “Kooners” or the “John Kooners.” The custom was unheard of in other parts of the country. The parades were performed between the 1850s and the 1880s and always ended with the passing of a hat for donations.
Carolina Country (NoCar HD 9688 N8 C38x), Vol. 8 Issue 12, Dec 1976, p6-7, il