A man dressed as Elsa from Disney’s Frozen sprung into action last night (March 13) during the nor’easter, helping a Boston Police Department wagon out of a slippery predicament in the South End. It went down outside The Gallows gastropub on Washington Street, and video taken by Christopher B. Haynes has generated nearly two million views overnight.
Watch it below, and relive the magic.
“A drag queen dressed as Elsa just single-handedly freed a stuck police wagon from a blizzard in the middle of March,” tweeted Sarah McGonagall. “If that sentence doesn’t perfectly encapsulate the spirit of Boston, I don’t know what does.”
People magazine’s Megan Johnson tracked down Elsa, identifying him as 37-year-old Boston attorney Jason Triplett, who had posted video of himself in costuume outside in the snow earlier in the day. “Everyone will be over it by noon,” Triplett admits to People. “But if this is my 15 minutes, I would like to leverage it to meet Adam Rippon.”
Hayes tells People that the whole thing was pretty spontaneous.
“The Gallows is just one of those places that everybody in the neighborhood everyone knows is open on a snow day,” says Haynes. “It was rowdy. All of a sudden these drag queens come in, and one of them dressed as Elsa. He was like ‘I wanted to blend in tonight so I threw this on.’ Nobody even knew this cop was stuck, but he ran out to help.”
Online comments seem to be pretty harsh on Hayes and the people inside the bar for howling and cracking jokes (“Let him gooooooo,” one guy yells) as Elsa braved the elements and helped out, but it looks like all ended well. And if helping out in times of need embodies the spirit of Boston, well, so does friends laughing along to a hilarious spectacle out in the street.
Thank you, Elsa.
And here’s Triplett from earlier in the day. Featured image from @jptriplett1 on Instagram.