“Potomac Phil” To Start New Groundhog Day Tradition In D.C.

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Punxsutawney Phil (Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Punxsutawney Phil (Credit: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - The Washington Post is reporting that Washington D.C. is set to have it’s inaugural Groundhog Day in Dupont Circle today.

While a last minute search for a living groundhog came up a bit short, the stuffed alternative of “Potomac Phil” will have to do for year one.

The Dupont Festival is putting on the event today and has decided to start the festivites at 8:30 a.m.

The original Groundhog Day experience takes place today in Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his burrow at 7:20 a.m. to decide if we will have 6 more weeks of winter. If D.C. weather has any bearing on it, then probably not.

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