Dec 30 2017

Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge: Zombieland Edition

Every year on New Year’s Day, residents and visitors to Charleston and the surrounding area gather on the beach in front of the Tides Hotel to partake in the Polar Bear Plunge. While this has been a Folly Beach tradition for many years, in 2014 the plunge was dedicated to Bill Murray, one of Charleston’s most beloved residents. This means that participants in the Folly Beach Polar Bear Plunge dress up as Bill Murray characters and sprint into the Atlantic Ocean for a quick dip.

This year is the 5th Annual Bill Murray Look-a-Like Polar Bear Plunge, and organizers have decided on a Zombieland theme. Dress up in your best zombie Bill Murray costume and start the new year with a cold morning swim on Folly Beach.

Meet down at the Tides hotel at 11am for registration and get ready to “Freeze Your Bills Off”. At noon, costumes will be judged and prizes will be awarded for the best Bill Murray look-a-like in several categories including Best Guy, Best Girl, Best Kid, and Best Overall. The costume contest has a $5 entry fee, and all prizes are in cash.

The Polar Plunge itself takes place at 1pm. Several Folly Beach restaurants and bars will be open early that morning to offer specials on cocktails that will help participants warm up before diving into the freezing cold ocean. Who knows, maybe even Bill Murray himself will make an appearance. He’s been known to pop up around town from time-to-time.



Bob Hart Author

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