NEW ORLEANS (AP) — They came sculpted, waxed, sprayed, curled, spiked — or just plain bushy.
The 2013 Just for Men National Beard and Moustache Championships this weekend in New Orleans attracted more than 150 contestants from the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
The festivities included a parade down Bourbon Street.
This was the 4th annual national competition organized by Beard Team USA. The New Orleans heat and humidity meant it took more time and energy to mold facial hair creations.
Devon Holcombe took the gold in the natural mustache category. Natural categories mean contestants are not allowed to use hair styling products. Holcombe's mustache stretches 24 inches (609 millimeters) end to end.
Keith Haubrich sculpted his mustache into the two arms of a clock, with the arms stretching to roughly the 10 and 2 positions. He had painted the clock numbers in a circle around his face and took the top honor in the Dali category, which is named for Salvador Dali, the Spanish painter known for his mustache with long tips arching upward.