July 11, 2016 9:23 am

Famous bachelor parties that started with the Spartans

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A look at the origins of bachelor parties and some infamous stags:

5th century B.C.: It’s widely believed that the ancient Spartans were the first to celebrate a man’s final night of singlehood, according to Time magazine.

Spartan soldiers are believed to have gathered over a feast on the eve of the wedding to toast the groom.

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Dec. 19, 1896: A stag party thrown by American Herbert Barnum Seeley — a grandson of famous showman P.T. Barnum — for his brother was raided by police after rumours circulated that a famous belly dancer would be performing nude, according to Time.

1949: Actor Jimmy Stewart held his bachelor party at legendary Hollywood hangout Chasen’s, according to the book Bachelor Party Confidential.

It featured two midgets, dressed only in diapers, popping out of a silver serving dish.

March 2003: Thomas Bruderman, former star trader at Fidelity Investments, held a lavish bachelor party that landed him in financial regulators’ crosshairs, Reuters reported.

There was a yacht, visits to strip clubs and a dwarf hired for entertainment, but regulators found much of it was paid for by brokers seeking Fidelity’s business.

Dec. 2005: Elton John and his Canadian partner David Furnish held a star-studded joint bachelor party in London’s West End, according to the Associated Press.

READ MORE: Why the traditional bachelor party is being upended

Shirtless waiters wearing black ties and riding boots served flutes of champagne to guests, who included Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Elizabeth Hurley, Bryan Adams, Gary Barlow and Kid Rock.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

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