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In the United States, a tailgate party is a social event held on & around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food.
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This is done in order for people to loosen up and have fun before entering the event and also to avoid paying stadium prices for alcohol and food. Many underage individuals take advantage of the social event to get drunk before going into the stadium since they will not be able to drink inside. Tailgate parties usually occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. People attending such a party are said to be tailgating. Many people participate even if their vehicles do not have tailgates. Also, many people don't even go into the game and just go to the tailgate to party.

Tailgate parties have spread to the pre-game festivities at sporting events besides football (e.g. basketball, hockey, and baseball) and is also used at non-sporting events such as weddings and other non-sports-related barbecue gatherings.

In schools and communities nationwide there are athletic departments, coaches and parents of student athletes rely on post-game tailgating parties to build community and support for their program and team. Smaller, underfunded programs are assisted by the voluntary participation of parents and friends to feed the team and coaching staff post-competition, which establishes a strong core of support year after year.
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Traditional Tailgate Fare
Traditionally tailgating involves the consumption of alcoholic beverages or mixed drinks and the grilling of various meat products. Popular tailgate party foods include picnic staples such as hamburgers, hot dogs, baked beans, and cold salads like coleslaw or potato salad.

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Tailgating and Lawn games
Lawn games such as Cornhole, Ladder Golf Polish horse shoes and Sholf are very popular during tailgates and tailgate parties. Lawn games are associated with tailgating primarily because of the simplicity in the game materials. Lawn games carry the connotation of drinking games because of their presence during tailgates.

Various other tailgating games include:
beer pong  • ladder toss  • cornhole washer pitching flip cup  • Dizzy Bat  • .
It is also common for fans to bring out stereo equipment to tailgate parties to dance and let loose.

A community of tailgaters often goes by the collective title of Tailgation.
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Tailgating among Students
In the student community, and other similar communities, tailgating has evolved in a somewhat different manner. More than just a party for fans, it is a way for the faithful to sell wares which in turn fund their tickets and gas to the next game in order to spend weeks, months, or even entire tours on the road. This often occurs in an area of the parking lot known as Shakedown Street. Along with the more traditional fare, there is a large selection of vegetarian food such as egg rolls, burritos, pizza, and falafel. Certain illicit foods like hash brownies and "ganja gooballs" are also often found among the foods in the parking lots. Other products available for the tailgaters include handmade funnels, bumper stickers, t-shirts, or drug paraphernalia.
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"The Big Party"
Super Bowl Day is not only a sporting event but it's a food event as well!  Big Parties will be taking place all over the US on this day. Everything from BBQ grilling outside (see Barbecue Month) to tail-gate parties at the game, to pre game in-house parties where 6 foot sub sandwiches, pizza, sloppy joes, hot wings and buttered popcorn with ice cold beer will rule the table.

In fact, Americans will hold more parties in their homes on Super Bowl day than any other day of the year. How much snack food do you think football fans buy? Well consumers spend over $50 million each year stocking up on snacks for Super Bowl weekend. On this unofficial National Day of Snacking, they'll typically eat over 8.5 million pounds of tortilla chips, 4000 tons of popcorn, and 14,500 tons of potato chips!  As a matter of fact, this is the second biggest snack day of the year. Second only to New Years when finger food rules until midnight.

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Hot Dog: Hot dog condiments / Chicago style hot dog / Michigan hot dog / vegetarian hot dog /
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   sour cream dip recipes / cucumber cilantro dip recipe / Fondue recipes / Guacamole / honey mustard /
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Cookies: fondant for cookies / cookie recipes /

February is National Snack Food Month.
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How-to-video for Cheesy Nachos
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Tailgating in media
The previously underground subculture is now a part of the mainstream sports media. In 1993, ESPN's pre-game college football show College GameDay took on a tailgate-party atmosphere by placing the hosts on a portable stage set at the campus of the school hosting the week's marquee rivalry matchup with fans gathering around it to celebrate. University of Massachusetts Amherst is well known for this and hold massive out of control tailgate parties.The Fox network's NASCAR on Fox and Fox NFL Sunday have also used similar setups. Veteran broadcaster John Madden has brought attention (and cameras) into the tailgating lots for years. Madden is the author of a book entitled John Madden's Ultimate Tailgating, released in 1998. For twelve years, Joe Cahn has been traveling the country from stadium to stadium, as the self-declared Commissioner of Tailgating. He has tailgated and tasted with fans of both college and NFL teams, and to many is the face and the voice of the tailgater. He calls the tailgating lot "the last American neighborhood" and refers to tailgate parties as "the new American community". In 2007, University of Massachusetts Amherst angered many football fans by banning tailgating before football games. The University of Massachusetts Amherst cited security risks, though many suspected it had more to do with University sponsored events than any real threat. In 2008, an online petition began circulating to encourage the University of Massachusetts Amherst to lift the no tailgating at the football games policy. Members of the sports media also questioned the validity of The University of Massachusetts' claim that security concerns was the real reason for the ban. In the Simpsons episode "Any Given Sundance" (episode 19, season 18, aired on March 4, 2008), Homer takes his family to a tailgate party. He makes them get up early in order to be at the stadium hours before the football game, and states that "the game is nothing", the tailgate party being the only reason for their venue. In 2010, Tailgaters Only Publications began the Official Census of the Tailgate Nation  that will provide the first true glimpse into the phenomenon of the tailgating culture and lifestyle as well as give tailgate advocates like Joe Cahn "The Commissioner" and Jay "The Tailgate Guy" DiEugenio a stronger position from which to uphold the rights of tailgaters.
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Is National Popcorn Day Super Bowl Sunday?
This Holiday is a matter of debate. Some resources say that National Popcorn day is celebrated at the end of January. Other sources report it as January 19; others claim it takes place on whatever day the Super Bowl falls on because popcorn is the number 1 snack food for the game and more popcorn is eaten during this day than any other time of the year. Popcorn sales sky rocket, starting the week before game time.

"The connection to the Super Bowl seems natural enough. It’s a highly regarded annual sporting competition pitting the top two national football teams against each other. Millions of viewers from around the globe hunker down with bowls of their favorite snack—popcorn—in heated anticipation of who will win the battle." says popcorn.org

National Popcorn Poppin Month is in October.  /  "Caramel Popcorn Day" is April 7th.
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Resources:  This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. It uses some material from Wikipedia/article tailgating /  and other related pages. Top photo: flickr.com/photos/prettywarstl/141108770/
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