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Men wait in barbershop for hours to receive haircuts before Christmas

Source: Rick Portier/WAFB Source: Rick Portier/WAFB
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Christmas lights, tinsel and stockings are all traditions of the season, but there's a different Christmas Eve tradition in Mid-City Baton Rouge that people have been carrying on for more than 50 years.

Before sunrise, as early as 4 a.m., people begin lining up on the corner of Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive and Government Street to receive their holiday haircut.

"I got here at 6 and I'm five down already," said JD.

"Just want a good cut and look good for Christmas," said Lenny Davis.

"Coming down the chimney, you want to look good. Ho, ho, ho," JD added.

Long lines the day before Christmas is a holiday tradition at Webb's Barbershop. Clippers have been running non-stop since the 1920s and so have men's mouths.

"Bowl games, haircuts, women, cars - everything," said Quinten Tillotson.

"Don't know about the gossip. Lot of BS going on," JD stated.

At Christmas, it's not unusual to wait up to three hours for a seat in the chair. The barbers have nearly 200 years combined experience and they do not take appointments.

"First come, first served," said Louis Tillotson.

Customers said it is worth the wait and the precision of the cuts is why they've chosen Webb's for generations.

"I'm from New Orleans," said Aeril. "But, their daddy came here."

They flock to the shop for a cut and conversation.

"Trash talk, business, the people - it's all that," Lendell Davis said. "Christmas time fun."

The line lasts late into the day.

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