In a celebratory public ceremony held at Elebash Jewlers during Gallery Night on Friday night in downtown Pensacola, FL, the Blue Wahoos announced the winning name of the team’s official mascot as chosen through a fan vote facilitated by the Pensacola News Journal. The name that was chosen by a slim margin was Kazoo beating out the other five finalist names.
“Kazoo was a huge hit,” said Blue Wahoos vice president of community relations, Julie Borshak. “He has a very unique design and he’s extremely eye catching with his bright colors which we kept consistent with the team’s color scheme. Kazoo will be a great fixture in this wonderful community.”
Fans have been voting at various locations around the area, online and through ballots circulated in the PNJ since March 2. Over 1,500 people participated by voting on their favorite name. The other five finalists were Blu, Capt. Catch, Salty, Sinker and Ono.
Kazoo’s costume is a fictional aquatic creature. He has webbed feet, fins for ears and he is sporting a stylish Blue Wahoos cap. Kazoo’s first order of business was to mingle with fans in attendance at Gallery Night. Kazoo will represent the Blue Wahoos at community appearances including school visits, charity events and festivals all in addition to interacting with fans every night at Pensacola’s brand new bay-front stadium.