The Region gave the world the 24-hour marathon cable classic “A Christmas Story.”
Its newest holiday sensation? Singing port-a-potties.
Gary-based Service Sanitation has brought back its annual Jingle Johns Christmas light show for the fourth year, and this time it’s on the road.
The porta potty company, which supplies instantly recognized blue portable toilets to big events like Lollapalooza, the Indianapolis 500 and the Chicago Marathon, achieved a viral hit two years ago with a holiday music video with 100 lit-up porta potties synched to Straight No Chaser’s “The Christmas Can-Can.”
This year, Service Sanitation has a truck with four lit-up porta potties with animated faces that sing Christmas carols and “Go Cubs Go” in celebration of the Cubbies’ historic World Series win. The singers are actually Service Sanitation employees who recorded the tunes in the office.
“This year rather than just doing a video we thought, ‘How cool would it be if we could make this show live, put it on a trailer, bring it to events, unexpected, where people don’t know about it?’” said Service Sanitation marketing manager and holiday light show mastermind Stevie “Dee” Dykstra on a behind-the-scene video. “We’re going to play off the element of surprise. That’s what’s going to bring a whole different variable this year.”
The Jingle John singing porta potties will make appearances at the Southlake Mall in Hobart between midnight at 5 a.m. on Black Friday, at the annual tree lighting in Crown Point at 5:30 p.m. today and at the Santa’s March at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in downtown Highland.
“We’re trying to get you to look at a portable restroom for more than a minute and think positively about it,” Dykstra said. “This is probably the first time in the history of the world a portable toilet has been retrofitted with a computer. ... In a sense it’s its own art, something that’s never been created before.”
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