WTF is Hashing?
The Hash House Harriers (HHH or H3) is a grown-up version of the “Hares & Hounds” game you might have played as a child. The concept is simple: you join a pack of Hounds (runners) to chase down the trail set by the Hare. Trail is usually marked with flour, but other markings can include chalk or toilet paper. After the run, the pack gathers to socialize and sing drinking songs. All are welcome: young and old, fast or slow– don’t wait to “get in shape”; hashing is not about competition. Just come on out and join us. The only thing the Voodoo hash requires you to bring is a sense of humor… Well, a sense of humor and a dollar. Okay… a sense of humor, a dollar, and a six-pack of your beer of choice.
The Hash House Harriers received its humble beginnings in 1938 from a British colonial officer named Albert Stephen Ignatius Gispert (“G”), in what is now Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Having a fondness for the “paper chase” game, he gathered together several of his fellow expatriates to form a group that would later become a world-wide legacy. There are currently over 1700 Hashes, including groups in almost every major city on every continent in the world. New Orleans has 3 active hash kennels: the New Orleans Hash (NOH3), Crescent Shiggy H3 (CSH3)and, of course, the Voodoo.
Further information about the H3 can be found on Wikipedia. Reading is hard, hashing is easy– the best way to find out what we’re about is to show up!