“Bucks’ night,” also known as the last hurrah of a single man before he gets married, is a tradition that has come a long way from being just a simple get-together of the groom’s best friends to being a variety of different activities that leave the participants promising, “My lips are sealed.” Did you know that the tradition of the bucks’ night goes back a very long time? Let’s take a look back through the annals of time to see how people have commemorated this momentous occasion throughout the ages. Port Macquarie Strippers believe they brought a whole lot of fun to bucks night.
· The fifth century
It is thought that the ancient Spartans were the first people to celebrate the groom’s last day as a single man on the day of his wedding. In those days, it was common practice for soldiers to throw a dinner party in their friend’s honor. They would start the night with a toast, then spend the rest of the evening drinking and trading stories.
· Fourteenth century
It was common practice to use the term “bachelor” to refer to either a student who had completed the requirements for a bachelor’s degree or a young knight. In Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, which was written in the 14th century, the term was first used.
· Eighteenth century
Following an event that took place in 1896, PT Barnum’s grandson, Herbert Barnum Seeley, is credited with introducing the concept of a bucks’ night that takes place “behind closed doors.” The “Awful Seeley Dinner,” a stag party in honor of his brother that was held at Sherry’s restaurant in New York City, was planned and organized by him. He engaged the services of a dancer who was known as Little Egypt. There are tales that recount how Little Egypt would dance naked in the desert.
A law enforcement official intervened and put a stop to the party. The Seeley family of Herbert, however, took the officer to the police board and accused him of behavior that was unbecoming of a law enforcement officer. This opened doors for Port Macquarie Strippers to become the main entertainers in such parties.